1 Brooklyn College-CUNY UCP of Brooklyn, NY
2 Brooklyn College-CUNY
The utility of R. Keith's (1977) method of screening for hearing sensitivity using the contralateral acoustic-reflex threshold (ART) for broad-band noise (BBN) was tested in persons with cerebral palsy (CP). Three groups of participants were included in this prospective study. The first group comprised 20 normal-hearing individuals without CP whose results were used as normative data. The second group comprised 16 participants with normal hearing and CP. The third group comprised 22 participants with sensorineural hearing loss and CP. The results of this study indicate that Keith's screening method employing ART for BBN can be used successfully in a population with multiple handicaps where a quick, inexpensive, readily available, and accurate method is needed.
Key Words: acoustic-reflex threshold, broad-band noise, prediction of hearing loss, cerebral palsy
Submitted on August 6, 2003
Accepted on October 14, 2003