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ISSN: 2375-4427

Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids
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Research Article

A Pilot Study of the Relationship between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Loss

Aseel Al-Meqbel*

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Health Sciences Center, Kuwait University, Kuwait

*Corresponding Author:
Aseel Al-Meqbel, Ph.D., M.Sc., BSc
Audiology, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Health Sciences Center
Kuwait University, P.O. Box 31470, 90805
Sulaibikat, Kuwait
Tel: +965 249833412
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 16, 2015 Accepted date: February 11, 2016 Published date: February 18, 2016

Citation:Al-Meqbel A (2016) A Pilot Study of the Relationship between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Loss. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 4:152. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000152

Copyright: © 2016 Al-Meqbel A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: To determine the occurrence of peripheral hearing loss and autism spectrum disorder in children enrolled in special education schools. Methods: Twenty-two children diagnosed with ASD, confirmed by developmental medicine, were recruited from a special ASD school. Each participant underwent audiological testing: transient otoacoustic emission and impedance audiometry were used. Results: The 22 participants were all boys, aged from 7 to 15 years, with mean ± 10.63 years and SD 2.4 years. TOAE was present in both ears in five ASD children, but it was absent in one or both ears in the remaining 17 participants. Seventeen of the 22 participants had type B and C tympanogram and an absence of TOAEs. Conclusion: Children with ASD are at risk of peripheral hearing loss, due to middle ear problems. A complete audiological evaluation is recommended in all cases where ASD is suspected, so as not to delay diagnosis of hearing impairment in the event that hearing loss and ASD co-exist. Objective assessment measurements should be used to assess the auditory system in ASD children.


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