Tympanometry and TEOAE testing of children with Down Syndrome in Special Schools

Driscoll, Carlie, Kei, Joseph, Bates, Dianne and McPherson, Bradley (2003) Tympanometry and TEOAE testing of children with Down Syndrome in Special Schools. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 25 2: 85-93.


Author Driscoll, Carlie
Kei, Joseph
Bates, Dianne
McPherson, Bradley
Title Tympanometry and TEOAE testing of children with Down Syndrome in Special Schools
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1443-4873
0157-1532
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 85
End page 93
Total pages 9
Editor Teresa Ching
Place of publication Bowen Hills, Qld, Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Collection year 2003
Subject C1
321210 Community Child Health
730111 Hearing, vision, speech and their disorders
Abstract Despite widespread awareness that children with Down syndrome are particularly susceptible to hearing pathologies, the audiological status of students with Down syndrome in special schools is all too often unknown. Unfortunately, hearing screening for this population is unable to rely on standard, behavioural test batteries. To facilitate future improvements in screening protocols, this study investigated the results of tympanometry and transient evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) testing for a group of children with Down syndrome. Assessments were not conducted in the artificial context of a clinic or laboratory, but within the school environment. Outcomes are reported for 27 subjects with a mean age of 10 years 5 months (SD = 4;11). Tympanometry testing was failed in at least one ear by 41.7% of subjects, while a failure rate of 81.5% of subjects was observed for TEOAE testing. Therefore, it is concluded that immediate review of hearing screening programs for students with Down syndrome is highly advisable.
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