Huttunen, Erixon, Löfkvist & Mäki-Torkko (2019): The impact of permanent early-onset unilateral hearing impairment in children – A systematic review
I: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Online first
Kerttu Huttunen, Elsa Erixon, Ulrika Löfkvist & Elina Mäki-Torkko.
Decision-making on treatment and (re)habilitation needs to be based on clinical expertise and scientific evidence. Research evidence for the impact of permanent unilateral hearing impairment (UHI) on children's development has been mixed and, in some of the reports, based on fairly small, heterogeneous samples. Additionally, treatment provided has been highly variable, ranging from no action taken or watchful waiting up to single-sided cochlear implantation. Published information about the effects of treatment has also been heterogeneous. Moreover, earlier reviews and meta-analyses published on the impact of UHI on children's development have generally focused on select areas of development.