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AudiologyNOW! 2015: Decision Guide for Hearing Aid Use in Infants and Children with Minimal/Mild Bilateral Hearing Loss (.1 CEUs)

Recorded On: 05/07/2015

Decision Guide for Hearing Aid Use in Infants and Children with Minimal/Mild Bilateral Hearing Loss

Recorded March 27, 2015 at AudiologyNOW 2015

Duration: 1 hour

Presenters: Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD and Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD

CEUs: .1

Who Should Attend: Students, clinical audiologists

Instructional Level: Introductory
Program Focus:

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

  1. Define minimal/mild bilateral hearing loss (MBHL) and describe its impact on infants and children
  2. List three factors to consider when contemplating a recommendation for hearing aids for an infant or child with MBHL
  3. Describe how electroacoustic analysis of hearing aids can inform decisions to recommend (or not) hearing aids for an infant or child with MBHL

Description: Evidence suggests that many children with minimal/mild, permanent, bilateral hearing loss (MBHL) are at greater risk for academic, speech-language and social-emotional difficulties than their normal hearing peers. Management of MBHL is multifaceted and can include a variety of hearing technologies. Hearing aids may mitigate the negative impact of such losses; however, they may not be appropriate in every case. These challenging intervention decisions are often considered on a case-by-case basis, as recommended by published pediatric amplification guidelines. A decision support guide intended to facilitate case-by-case reasoning when considering hearing aids for infants and children with MBHL will be described.

Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Tharpe's clinical and research interests are in the area of childhood hearing loss. She works primarily on three topics – the impact of hearing loss on various aspects of child development, special needs of children with hearing loss and additional disabilities, and the development and assessment of hearing in infants. Much of her work has been focused in the area of minimal bilateral and unilateral hearing loss in children. Dr. Tharpe has published extensively in national and international professional journals, has published numerous books and book chapters, and has presented to over 200 audiences around the world on pediatric audiology issues

Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, is an Adjunct Research Professor at the National Centre for Audiology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests have a clinical focus and relate to fitting hearing aids to the pediatric population. Dr. Bagatto has given numerous presentations and workshops as well as published several articles on the topic. She led the development and evaluation of an outcome measurement guideline for infants, toddlers and preschool children who wear hearing aids. This work is ongoing and complements her efforts in developing protocols for the management of children with permanent hearing loss. In addition, Dr. Bagatto provides clinical services to infants involved in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western. She also serves as an Amplification Consultant and Instructor for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services' Infant Hearing Program.


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