Must I have a hearing loss to benefit from an FM system? The answer to this question increasingly NO! An FM system is a truly talented device, and its uses are far and wide.

In previous entries we introduced the idea that individuals with auditory processing disorders could gain valuable speech understanding (especially in noise), reduce listening strain, and increase focus with the aid of an FM system.

Research by Schafer and others** investigated the efficacy of using an FM system with individuals that have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When compared to typically functioning peers, those with ASD and ADHD had poorer than average speech recognition in noise.

Summarized below are the findings/benefits of providing FM to those with ASD or ADHD:

1. with FM utilized:  average speech recognition in noise comparable to normally functioning peers

2. with FM utilized: increase of on task behavior

3. with FM utilized: significant improvement in average listening behavior


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**Personal FM systems for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): an initial investigation.