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Bone Conduction Solutions for Hearing Loss Secondary to Chronic Otitis Media: Case Studies for Audiologists

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1.  Which of the following is true with respect to hearing loss secondary to chronic otitis media?
  1. There’s no need to worry about the hearing loss given that the disease is medically treatable.
  2. Most patients with chronic otitis media experience a conductive or mixed hearing loss for some period.
  3. So long as they have one good hearing ear there is no risk to language development for children with chronic otitis media.
  4. All of the above.
2.  Intervention with a bone conduction solution is:
  1. A one-time thing that requires surgery to be successful.
  2. Available in surgical and non-surgical options, determined based on age, etiology, and other patient considerations.
  3. An option which must be used with a Softband or SoundArc continuously throughout the disease process.
  4. None of the above
3.  Research related to treating chronic otitis media-related hearing lows shows that:
  1. Most patients prefer traditional hearing aids.
  2. Bone conduction solutions aren’t indicated because the hearing loss always resolves with treatment of the disease.
  3. Patients with an air-bone gap greater than 30-35dB are likely to have better outcomes with a bone conduction solution compared to hearing aids.
  4. Speech recognition in noise is the same with bone conduction or traditional amplification regardless of air bone gap.
4.  Bone conduction solutions:
  1. Include surgical and non-surgical options
  2. Are considered old technology
  3. Are a last resort
  4. None of the above
5.  Children with hearing loss secondary to chronic otitis media using a bone conduction solution may experience:
  1. Stable hearing despite fluctuations due to the disease process
  2. Increased quality of life
  3. Improvements in speech recognition compared to hearing aids
  4. All of the above

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