Filtered Music: A Hearing Test for Young Children
AbstractA group of 127 nursery school children were hearing-tested by means of filtered music audiometry; 18 failed to respond satisfactorily, and of these 11 were found to have previously unsuspected conductive hearing loss. Of the remaining 7 with normal hearing, 4 were subjected to language tests, and all 4 scored poorly. The technique was then applied to 120 cerebral palsied children, and of these 15 failed to respond satisfactorily; 9 had conductive hearing loss and 2 had sensorineural hearing loss. The filtered music technique is as yet infrequently used and is presented as a quick, easy and reliable screening test. A mentally retarded child suspected of having a hearing loss, can in most cases be easily assessed by filter and audiometry.
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