Audiologic Assessment of Children With Down Syndrome It has been suggested that many children with Down syndrome possess unique physical and behavioral characteristics that should be considered when doing audiologic assessments. Possible test modifications have been suggested to maximize attending behavior and to improve test reliability and validity. It has been reported that children with Down syndrome ... Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds
Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds  |   March 01, 1996
Audiologic Assessment of Children With Down Syndrome
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jack E. Kile, PhD
    Center for Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Clinical Focus / Grand Rounds
Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds   |   March 01, 1996
Audiologic Assessment of Children With Down Syndrome
American Journal of Audiology, March 1996, Vol. 5, 44-52. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0501.44
History: Received February 22, 1994 , Accepted October 11, 1995
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1996, Vol. 5, 44-52. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0501.44
History: Received February 22, 1994; Accepted October 11, 1995

It has been suggested that many children with Down syndrome possess unique physical and behavioral characteristics that should be considered when doing audiologic assessments. Possible test modifications have been suggested to maximize attending behavior and to improve test reliability and validity. It has been reported that children with Down syndrome may not hear as well as other children, and determining the presence of hearing impairment can be problematic. Research needs have been highlighted. Because these children are at risk for middle ear disease and hearing impairment, audiologic assessment should occur early (infancy) and frequently (4–6 month intervals), with use of amplification when appropriate.

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