In article <55nrbe$k0q at flood.weeg.uiowa.edu>, Susan Moore
<smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu> writes
>>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
>> This is just my humble opinion, and should not be taken as the general
>opinion of the general readership of bionet.audiology.
>smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu>>Dear S. Moore,
I fully agree that this needs a clear diagnosis and a doctor's opinion
should be sought. But regarding AIT, there is considerable evidence and
research studies to show that using AIT only about 22% of people with
ADD, Autism, learning disabilities etc. have a major improvement. Keele
University are planning a research project on AIT only early next year.
However by combining AIT with a Sound Modulation System and Light
Therapy the rate of success jumps to 44%. We have assessed the results
of several hundred children and the documentation is available. Let me
know if you are interested in seeing the Newsletter just off the press.