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Severe hearing loss/autism: How to treat?

Michael Yared myared at erols.com
Sun Aug 3 16:47:15 EST 1997

Type autism in Yahoo. Or look in http://www.autism-society.org

zepolv <zepolv at ibm.net> wrote in article <33E4E910.481B at ibm.net>...
> Having great difficulty finding medical doctors or audiologists who have
> the experience/expertise in treating patients who have severe hearing
> loss, autism, and developmental disabilities.  Two ABR's have verified
> the suspected hearing loss in our 29-year-old son:  fully deaf in one
> ear and very little hearing in the other.  We are told that they've
> never had a patient with this particular combination of diagnoses.  
> It's uncertain if he will tolerate a hearing aid.  Ear molds have not
> yet been made since this procedure will require general anesthesia due
> to his inability to sit still that long.  Before we do that, we'd like
> to know of any other options that may be available.
> He previously had normal hearing.  It is believed by some doctors that
> he suffered an anoxic brain injury and lost his hearing due to excessive
> pressure placed on his neck during a chokehold. (This was done, by the
> way, by a staff psychologist in a workshop because he spilled something
> on the floor!)  
> What further testing is available other than ABR?  Would implants help?
> We are able to take him anywhere in order to give him the benefit of a
> full evaluation of his hearing loss and a determination of the best
> available treatment or help.  
> He has few pleasures in life; we naturally want to do everything
> possible to help him regain some of the hearing that he previously had. 
> He is nonverbal also, and it would be wonderful if he could regain some
> ability to hear familiar voices, sounds, etc.  
> We would appreciate any suggestions.  Please cc: responses to
> NoDxJustRx at aol.com.  Thank you.

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