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Intrepreting lab results

Jeffrey L Danhauer, Carole E Johnson, Melissa Mixon
PURPOSE: To determine if the evidence supports the recommendation of Baha implant systems (Bahas) over unaided conditions in persons with conductive hearing loss due to congenital unilateral aural atresia (CUAA), and if laboratory measures predict patient benefit and satisfaction. RESEARCH DESIGN: A systematic review. METHODS: The authors constructed and submitted search strings to PubMed and other electronic databases to identify studies in peer-reviewed journals that were at an appropriate level of evidence (systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, or nonrandomized intervention studies); used outcome measures assessing audibility, localization, or speech-recognition in noise; included patients with CUAA using Bahas; and had intrepretable data...
April 2010: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
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