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
A 10-year-old female presented to the audiology department at a large pediatric hospital. She recently failed a hearing screening in both ears at her pediatrician’s office. The patient reported she was unable to hear. She stated that sounds were muffled and she was unable to understand when spoken to. The audiologist attempted to converse with the patient; however, she responded inconsistently and frequently looked to her mother for clarification.
Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, Ototoxicity, Hearing Loss
Children with hearing loss are at high risk for delays in acquiring and advancing speech and language, and achieving psycho-educational success. This fact, well known for decades, escapes clear guidelines for treatment when the hearing loss is unilateral, sensorineural, and “unaidable.” The traditional definition of “unaidable” is challenged by modern cochlear implants, which provide a potential—albeit “off-label” solution—to provide bimodal or binaural hearing in cases of unilateral hearing loss.
Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, unilateral deafness/unaidable, Cochlear Implants (CI)
A baby fails a newborn hearing screening and an auditory brainstem response (ABR) indicates profound bilateral hearing loss. From an audiologist’s perspective, fitting for hearing aids and an evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy are often the next steps. But for parents the lag time between identification and implantation is often a stressful time that involves waiting and worrying. This lag, during which infants do not have access to auditory linguistic input, occurs during a sensitive period of prelinguistic communication development (Ruben and Schwartz, 1999).
Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), Newborn Hearing Screening, Hearing Loss, Pediatric Audiology
Since 2005, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology has been the highlight for pediatric audiologists attending AudiologyNOW!, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology. This lecture series is supported with a grant from The Oticon Foundation. The inaugural lecture was given by Anu Sharma, PhD. Many pediatric audiologists, myself included, can remember sitting in that session, captivated and inspired by the groundbreaking work that Dr. Sharma presented on the biological markers of auditory development and the impact of early intervention.
Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, Hearing Loss
As a rehabilitative audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and the mother of a child who is deaf, I expect to get a lot of questions about how to improve listening performance for children in schools. Classroom listening and educational access are complicated issues.
Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology
As chair of the ARC, I was honored to work with several distinguished pediatric audiologists on the organizing committee, including Dr. Marlene Bagatto, University of Western Ontario; Dr. Linda Hood, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and Dr. Douglas P. Sladen, Mayo Clinic—Rochester. With their thoughtful input, we convened an outstanding program of researchers in our field that attracted 230 attendees!
Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, Academy Research Conference (ARC)
The primary objective of local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 is to minimize mortality and mitigate explosive demand for acute health-care services related to COVID-19 complications, especially those that require care in intensive care units.
Governmental responses have varied from statewide stay-at-home orders to more incremental approaches targeting restrictions in specific industries and locations. Certainly, many of these restrictions are warranted and necessary to achieve the desired public health outcomes.
Topic(s): COVID-19, Pediatric Audiology, pediatrics, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Patient care, tele-audiology
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