Hearing Impairment

Sarah Bent, Siobhan Brennan, Lynzee McShea

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Hearing impairment is often a low priority or even not noticed at all, but with such high prevalence and impact on quality of life for people with intellectual disability, this is certainly not to be ignored. Our ability as an audiology profession to assess hearing in a person-centered and flexible manner has improved, and the known benefits of rehabilitation add further weight to the value and importance of regular assessment for those with intellectual disabilities. This chapter details the types and causes of hearing impairment in this group of adults, along with the assessment that may be used and approaches to rehabilitation. The aim of this chapter is to provide the information needed for all supporting those with hearing impairment to be able to take action and change mindsets around hearing impairment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysical Health of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
EditorsVee P. Prasher, Matthew P. Janicki
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319900834
ISBN (Print)9783319900827, 9783030079307
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2018


  • Etiology
  • communication
  • diagnosis
  • hearing aids
  • hearing assessment
  • hearing impairment
  • prevalence
  • rehabilitation


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