Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 30: Hearing and Vestibular Function (ebook)


Chapter 30 of the book – Hearing and Vestibular Function

Anne O’Hare, Ruth Henderson, and Dawn Lamerton

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) may also show unusual listening behaviour or disturbed language acquisition. Although there may be many potential explanations for these symptoms, a comprehensive evaluation of hearing integrity is mandatory and no other explanation should predominate until it has been satisfactorily demonstrated that the child has normal hearing. The prevalence of permanent hearing impairment in CP is very much increased compared with the background childhood population, and many of the complications of the condition, such as respiratory infections, also predispose to intermittent conductive hearing loss from otitis media with effusion. In addition there are aetiologies in common for CP and sensorineural hearing impairment which need to be taken into account in the child’s clinical assessment.

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This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.