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Article
December 1995

Binaural Function in Children With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery (Drs Pillsbury, Grose, and Hall), and the Center for Development and Learning (Dr Coleman), University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill; and the Department of Medical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Dr Conners).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121(12):1345-1350. doi:10.1001/archotol.1995.01890120005001
Abstract

Objective:  To evaluate the basic binaural function of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Design:  Case-control study. Measures of binaural function were compared for children with and without ADHD.

Subjects:  Forty-two children; 26 had ADHD and 16 were normal controls.

Interventions:  None.

Results:  For detection tasks, no differences were seen between children with ADHD and controls. For speech recognition tasks, the younger children with ADHD did not perform as well as the controls.

Conclusions:  Younger children with ADHD might have a reduced processing efficiency for signal recognition in certain types of noise, but not for signal detection.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121:1345-1350)

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