Auditory Processing Disorders and FM Systems

Auditory Processing Disorders and FM Systems

For many years FM systems were used primarily for individuals that had a hearing impairment. In recent years, research has shown how an FM system can lend benefit to individuals with other difficulties, for example, auditory processing disorder (APD).

A study by Johnston and others entitled, ” Multiple benefits of personal FM system use by children with auditory processing disorder (APD)”, documented these findings. Among the results of FM use were:

  1.  speech perception improvement in noisy classroom environment
  2.  significant academic and psycho-social benefits
  3.  after prolonged FM use, even unaided (no FM device) speech-perception performance was improved in the children with APD, suggesting the possibility of fundamentally enhanced auditory system function

 

 

If you’d like to read the findings in their entirety, or have another question, send me an email at: bill.bielski@phonak.com

 


Bill Bielski
Bill Bielski
Audiologist & Product Specialist

  

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