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AIT Mechanism; Aging/noise damage

Susan Moore smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu
Tue Nov 5 11:51:58 EST 1996

>To what extent do the sounds of audio integration training act to
>free up glue ear or other middle ear trouble? What level of sound
>will do that, and what dose?
>Shouldn't such things as wearing a balaclava at night be tried first,

Um, I have limited experience in the field of audiology so far but from
my understanding, the word is still out on the validity, effectiveness,
etc. of auditory integration training.  There are those who swear by it 
for treatment of autisim, ADHD, etc. from what I have read/heard, but 
still, nothing I have seen has effectively demonstrated to ME that 
this isn't just another snake-oil treatment.

    SO, having said that, glue ear and other middle ear trouble MUST be
addressed by a medical doctor, preferrably an ear, nose, and throat
specialist.  Glue ear is a serious condition that can lead to serious hearing
impairment not to mention meningitis, brain abcess, and death, if not 
treated.  NO level/dose of AIT treatment is going to clear up glue ear.

    Furthermore, excuse my ignorance, but what, exactly, is involved in
wearing of a balaclava??  It makes me think of people putting Greek 
pastries on their ears at night.  (yes, I know, the spelling is different,
but, as you may have noticed, spelling is not my strong point).

     There was something else in your posting that bothered me profoundly
regarding aging and noise damage...it demonstrated that you have probably
been confused/misled or that you have misunderstood whoever it was that you
have seen regarding hearing loss/communication difficulties.  I strongly
suggest you and your relative see a different professional (who does NOT 
perform AIT training) who specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of 
hearing loss.

     This is just my humble opinion, and should not be taken as the general
opinion of the general readership of bionet.audiology.

S. Moore
smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu

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