Pediatric

Pediatric

Diagram of Auditory Neuropathy in Children

ON TREND | A Free Genetic Test Opens Doors for Children with Auditory Neuropathy

The most common genetic cause of auditory neuropathy is insufficient production of a protein called otoferlin, which is expressed in cochlear inner hair cells and enables communication with the auditory nerve. Genetic testing can diagnose otoferlin deficiency and other causes of hearing loss—yet it’s not widely done.

As we enter a new era of precision gene therapies, it’s crucial to expand access to genetic testing so families can understand the reason for their child’s congenital hearing loss and seek out relevant clinical trials.

Topic(s): Pediatric, Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder ANSD

Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2021

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The Effects of COVID-19 on 1–3–6

COVID-19 and Audiology

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the delivery of health care in the United States. Most states instituted public quarantine mandates from March to June 2020, and many health-care practices closed for weeks and, often, for months, delaying or suspending health-care access. Audiology practices and services also were affected, which sparked a debate on whether audiology services were essential.

Topic(s): infant hearing, audiology, Pediatric, COVID-19

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Serving a Culturally Diverse Pediatric Population

As audiologists continue the much-needed and long-awaited discussion about ways we can improve service provision to a culturally diverse patient population, we have an obligation to include the unique needs of our pediatric patients and their families. This consideration is critical because, if we don’t connect with parents in a way that supports them along their journey, it can disrupt the audiologist-parent relationship that is so crucial to the success of children with hearing loss.

Topic(s): Pediatric, audiology, culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD)

Caregiver Hearing Aid Management Challenges in Infants

The benefits of newborn hearing screening and early intervention for infants and young children identified as Deaf or hard of hearing are well established. Research has focused less on the challenges of hearing aid management for parents and caregivers for infants who are fit early on in their journey.   

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In Memoriam: Dr. Pat Stelmachowicz

Dr. Pat Stelmachowicz, was known for her leadership, vision, and scholarship in audiology research.

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Remote Learning During the Pandemic for Children with Hearing Loss

Introduction

Many students with hearing loss receive instructional accommodations, curricular modifications, and school-related hearing technology as outlined in their Section 504 or individualized education plans (IEPs). Historically, however, these plans did not account for a student’s online learning needs. As a result, school personnel are struggling to ensure equal access to education across varied learning environments during the pandemic for students with hearing loss.

Topic(s): COVID-19, virtual learning, Pediatric, Pediatric Audiology

Caring for and Comforting Our Patients Through Infection Control

Depending on your setting you may already be seeing patients on a reduced or emergency-based schedule. Some are venturing into tele-health practices to handle day-to-day issues focused on patient education, troubleshooting, and perhaps even aural rehabilitation.

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ON TREND | Expand Your Mobile Test Offering to Include Solo Play Audiometry

Pediatric audiologists are experts on conditioned-play audiometry (CPA). They often work in teams of two, with one operating the audiometer and the other sitting with the child in the booth to help keep the child on task. I recently found myself on my own in a primary-care medical setting testing four- to five-year-olds using tablet-based SHOEBOX Audiometry.

Topic(s): Audiology Today, On Trend, Audiometric Test, Pediatric Audiology, Pediatric, Patient care

President’s Message: Strategic Documents, Advocacy Update, and HearTECH Expo—February 2020

President’s Message: Strategic Documents, Advocacy Update, and HearTECH Expo—February 2020

Message from Catherine Palmer, PhD | February 2020

Academy Publishes Two New Strategic Documents

At the January 23, 2020, board meeting, the board approved two strategic documents contributing to our overall audiology body of knowledge. These are now published on the Academy website here and will be published in Audiology Today and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) in various formats in the near future.

Advocacy in Review and Legislative Updates

  • Building on the Academy President’s videos, the Advocacy Year in Review is available to highlight activities over the last year.
  • Academy Senior Director of Government Relations Susan Pilch also did a webinar that offers the prospectus for this year ahead. The archive version of the webinar is available at no charge.
  • The Government Relations Committee (GRC) and staff also have planned a highly valuable and interactive session in the Future Hub. Come to the Thursday 1:30 session in the Future Hub to engage in communication exercises to hone skills and messaging for successful advocacy.
  • Legislation is being introduced in numerous states to adopt the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact. The Academy is helping efforts to counter opposition to the licensure compact, and do not hesitate to reach out to Academy staff if assistance is needed in your state.

AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans

  • Check out the presentations, learning, and interactive fun in the HearTECH Expo…specifically, the Future Hub schedule and plan to attend these thought-provoking and informative sessions relevant to audiology practice today and in the future.
  • Special Accommodations: The Academy is committed to providing the utmost service to our conference attendees, while working closely with the New Orleans Convention Center and all of our vendors, to provide reasonable services to accommodate our attendees while in attendance at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo. This year, we have added complimentary options for auditory accommodations that will help make the most of your conference experience. 
Child drawing image of happy visit to audiologist (Illustration: Suzanne Chanesman)