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Microtia/Aural Atresia: A Parent’s Perspective

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This course will describe from the perspective of a parent of a child with microtia. The speaker will explain the lack of information provided to her about microtia from the medical professional including the impact microtia has on hearing and learning. The course will describe the various impacts of unilateral hearing loss. Treatment options for microtia will also be described.

Course created on April 23, 2013

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/1.0; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; Calif SLPAB/1.0; IHS/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0; SAC/1.0
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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course learners will be able to describe the difference between congenital microtia and congenital aural atresia.
  • After this course learners will be able to describe the different treatment options for a child with microtia/atresia.
  • After this course learners will be able to describe the impact of unilateral hearing loss may have on a child.
  • After this course learners will be able to describe diagnostic assessments for microtia/aural atresia.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-20 Minutes My child has congenital Microtia/Atresia … now what?1. The diagnosis and reaction2. Meeting with healthcare personnel including the ENT/Otologist/Audiologist/Speech Language Pathologist, etc...
20-40 Minutes Is one good ear good enough?Citations/studies, personal and others examples, research, etc...
40-50 Minutes Treatment and options1. Bone conduction hearing devicesa. Soft band head bands (under age 5)b. Implantable surgery (age 5 and up)2. Early intervention services, speech therapy, and IEP/504 plans
50-55 Minutes Ear Community and the Microtia and Atresia Support Group1. Research2. Networking/connecting
55-60 Minutes Q & A

Course Presenter

melissa tumblin

Melissa Tumblin

Founder and Executive Director of the Ear Community

Melissa Tumblin is mom to Alyssa "Ally" Tumblin, a child born with right sided Microtia and Aural Atresia.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community, a nonprofit organization that promotes educational and public awareness about Microtia and Atresia and hearing loss, in an unbiased manner, while promoting advocacy and connecting individuals in the same situation. She is also the founder of the Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook.  She is a past board member for the Hands & Voices Organization and a past council member for the Parent Advocacy Family Council for Children's Hospital Colorado (Bill Daniels Center for Children's Hearing).  She has spoken at microtia and atresia surgical conferences and has presented at past EAA (Educational Audiology Association) conferences and for AudiologyOnline.  Melissa has over 15 years experience in marketing medical device equipment.

Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Melissa Tumblin is the founder of Ear Community, a network of parents and professionals dedicated to educating parents and the public about the effects of and treatment for children with microtia and aural atresia. Nonfinancial: Melissa Tumblin is the parent of a child born with right sided microtia who wears a device similar to those discussed in this course. She is a strong advocate for parents of children with microtia and aural atresia and is the founder of Ear Community.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Oticon Medical in partnership with AudiologyOnline.

Content Disclosure: The focus of this course is a parent's perspective in regards to having a child with microtia, however, Oticon Medical products may be mentioned during this course.


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American Academy of Audiology

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Australian College of Audiology

AudiologyOnline courses are approved for Continuing Education Points by the Australian College of Audiology. Automatic ACAud Approval Number 20000. This course is offered for 1 CEP.

British Academy of Audiology

This course has been accredited with 1 CPD point/s by the British Academy of Audiology.

Canadian Academy of Audiology

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California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 267. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for audiologists as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits:

International Hearing Society

This program is approved by the International Hearing Society and its educational committee, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies. To learn more about earning IHS CE Credit, click here.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Approved for 1 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number LTS-S0035. is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board to provide CEUs, approval number PDP 267.

New Zealand Audiological Society

This course is offered for 1 Continuing Education points through the New Zealand Audiological Society.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with AudiologyOnline. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.