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Bone Conduction Amplification

Lois J. Barin barin.2 at osu.edu
Tue Jul 15 14:42:35 EST 1997

In article <5qeta7$2it$2 at nnrp1.snfc21.pbi.net> gsimon at pacbell.net (Gregory Simon) writes:

>I have an interesting case and I wondered what thoughts may be out there re:  
>my patient.  I have fit a three year old with binaural BTE's for a maximum 
>conductive loss.  Both ears have some physical anomalies which have made the 
>earmold situation difficult.  This child will have surgery to re-construct his 
>outer and middle ears within the next five years.  I am wondering  if anyone 
>has any thoughts on use of Bone Conduction aids versus BTE's

>Ellen Simon
>gsimon at pacbell.net

>Gregory Simon

>gsimon at pacbell.net

The only cases where I have fit a BC aid is if there is a completely atretic 
ear canal, and no place to channel sound from the hearing aid.  Otherwise I 
try to get real creative with earmold fittings.  BC aids are so bulky and when 
one breaks, they seem to be in repair forever - if you can, I'd try to stick 
with BTEs.  Just my personal preference!

Lois Barin
Pediatric Audiologist

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