The minimally hearing-impaired child

Ear Hear. Jan-Feb 1985;6(1):43-7. doi: 10.1097/00003446-198501000-00012.


This paper reviews evidence which suggests that middle ear disease with effusion and associated hearing loss, unilateral sensorineural hearing impairment, and mild bilateral sensorinural hearing loss in children can result in far more educational and/or communicative difficulty than was previously supposed. The author rejects the notion that a decibel level on an audiogram truly reflects the degree of hardship the child experiences and argues for a more active identification and management program in the early years.

MeSH terms

  • Auditory Threshold
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Development
  • Communication
  • Education, Special
  • Hearing Loss / diagnosis*
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / diagnosis*
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / rehabilitation
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / diagnosis*
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / diagnosis
  • Otitis Media / complications*
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / complications*