Hearing Impairment May Be an Early Indicator of Autism

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Hearing Impairment May Be an Early Indicator of Autism
Hearing Impairment May Be an Early Indicator of Autism

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A simple hearing test may help identify young children at risk for autism before they're old enough to speak, according to a study published online July 12 in Autism Research.

"This study identifies a simple, safe, and noninvasive method to screen young children for hearing deficits that are associated with autism," study coauthor Anne Luebke, Ph.D., of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, said in a university news release. "This technique may provide clinicians a new window into the disorder and enable us to intervene earlier and help achieve optimal outcomes."

Luebke and colleagues tested the hearing of children between ages 6 and 17 with and without autism. Those with autism had hearing difficulty in a specific frequency (1 to 2 kHz) important for processing speech. The degree of hearing impairment was associated with the severity of autism symptoms.

"Auditory impairment has long been associated with developmental delay and other problems, such as language deficits," study coauthor Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D., also of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in the news release. "While there is no association between hearing problems and autism, difficulty in processing speech may contribute to some of the core symptoms of the disease."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Factors ID'd to Predict Fatty Liver in Obese Teens

Factors ID'd to Predict Fatty Liver in Obese ...

African-American obese teens more susceptible to fatty liver effects on glucose metabolism

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients perceive F2F physicians as more compassionate and better communicators

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Cuts CRC Incidence, Mortality in Men

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Cuts CRC Incidence, Mortality in Men

Absolute risks for colorectal cancer, CRC death not reduced for screening group vs. controls in women

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »