Chapter 7. Challenges in children; critical choices

7.1 Introduction; children should not be treated as young adults Counselling adults, who according to their audiogram should profit from amplification, is not always successful. Adults might deny their hearing problems or postpone a hearing aid trial. If their attitude is more positive, they might only be interested in hardly visible devices, even if speech recognition with such devices is not optimal. For children, there is less room to move because the better the hearing the higher the chance Read more [...]

Chapter 8. Sensorineural hearing loss

Part 2. Challenges and limitations of implantable hearing devices (auditory implants) for sensorineural hearing loss  8. Sensorineural hearing loss  8.1 Auditory implants for moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss To rehabilitate sensorineural hearing loss, conventional air-conduction hearing aids are the first choice (e.g. behind-the-ear devices or BTEs; Figure 2.1, chapter 2). If the sensorineural hearing loss is not too severe, it is possible to make conversational speech audible Read more [...]


Appendix 1 About the author: Ad Snik studied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology and got the master’s degree in 1976. In 1982, he acquired the doctor’s degree from the same university with a thesis entitled ‘Visco-elastic properties of monomolecular layers’. After two years of lecturing Physics and Electronics, he specialized in medical physics and was registered in 1987 as a medical physicist/ audiologist. In 1988 the author was employed as a clinical audiologist and researcher Read more [...]

References and Abbreviations

References Aarnisalo AA, Vasama JP, Hopsu E, Ramsay H. Long-term hearing results after stapes surgery: a 20-year follow-up. Otol Neurotol. 2003;24:567-71. Agterberg MJ, Hol MK, Cremers CW, Mylanus EA, van Opstal J, Snik AF. Conductive hearing loss and bone conduction devices: restored binaural hearing? Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2011;71:84-91 Agterberg MJ, Frenzel H, Wollenberg B, Somers T, Cremers CW, Snik AF. Amplification options in unilateral aural atresia: an active middle ear implant or a bone Read more [...]