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AudiologyNOW! 2013: Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Children with Auditory Neuropathy/Dys-synchrony (.15 CEUs)

Recorded On: 04/06/2013

Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Children with Auditory Neuropathy/Dys-synchrony

Duration: 1.5 hours

Presenter: Linda Hood, PhD; Thierry Morlet, PhD; and Charles Berlin, PhD

CEUs: .15

Who Should Attend: Clinical Audiologists, Educators, Researchers, Students, and Physicians

Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion, each participant in the Web seminar will be able to:
1. Identify individuals with auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony and appropriately interpret auditory physiologic test results
2. Use appropriate methods to distinguish AN/AD from CAPD and other auditory disorders
3. Make appropriate recommendations for intervention and apply appropriate methods in the management of ANSD


This eAudiology Web session reviews factors related to accurate differential diagnosis and management of patients of all ages with auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony(AN/AD), based on a database of approximately 500 AN/AD patients. Differentiation of AN/AD from EVA, cochlear nerve deficiency, CAPD, developments in genetics, and future roles of cochlear and cortical evoked potentials will be discussed. This will show that managing patients with AN/AD should focus on "treating the patient, not the test results". Discussions on patient variation; management strategies; outcomes and importance of a multidisciplinary approach; clinical approaches in fitting amplification; determining cochlear implant candidacy; assessing progress; and counseling families. Case studies will be presented.

Linda J. Hood, PhD is Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland (Australia). Following a MA in audiology from Kent State University and a PhD in hearing science from the University of Maryland, Dr. Hood completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship and was a faculty member at the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans for 24 years. Research and publications focus on auditory physiologic responses, efferent auditory function, hereditary hearing loss, auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony, aging of the auditory system, and comparative hearing studies. Dr. Hood has participated in review and working groups of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, is a past president of the American Academy of Audiology and a current board member of the American Auditory Society and the International Society of Audiology.

Thierry Morlet, PhD is the Head of the Auditory Physiology and Psychoacoutics Laboratory at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, DE) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware. With a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Lyon (France), Dr. Morlet has extensively studied otoacoustic emissions and the efferent auditory pathways in the normally functioning and diseased auditory systems of children and adults. He is a member of the Delaware newborn hearing screening committee and Web Assistant Editor to the scientific website www.otoemissions.org. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles. His research involves the development of cochlear mechanisms and afferent and efferent auditory pathways. Clinical studies include auditory processing disorders, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, and inner ear malformations, improvement of newborn hearing screening programs, prevention of ototoxic effects of chemotherapy in children, innovation in audiology test protocols and education of children about noise-induced hearing loss.

Charles I. Berlin, PhD retired as Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and Physiology and Director of the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory of the South, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. He was also a practicing audiologist who saw patients in the audiology clinic he directed with clinical activities specializing in fitting hearing aids with real ear measurement to difficult-to-manage patients. Dr. Berlin is the recipient of the AAO- HNS highest award, the Presidential Citation; the Frank J. Kleffner Award for Lifetime Clinical Achievement from ASHA; the James Jerger Career in Research Award from AAA; the Lifetime Career Award from AAS; the James P. Snow MD Award from SHHH; and the Robert J. Ruben MD Award from SENTAC. He was a founding Member of the Advisory Board to the NIH-NIDCD. His current research with Drs. Linda Hood and Thierry Morlet focuses on auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony, otoacoustic emissions, and efferent suppression.

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