Today’s digital hearing aids with extended bandwidths can provide excellent access to speech for children with hearing loss. In addition, cochlear implants provide significant benefit to appropriate candidates who do not have access to speech through hearing aids. The immediate benefit of digital hearing aids and/or cochlear implants can be so significant that any improvement is assumed to be sufficient, but is it optimal? Why does the performance and progress of children with this technology vary greatly? By utilizing specific evaluations of audition and speech perception, parents, LSLSs, teachers, SLPs, and audiologists can identify “red flags” indicating less than optimal performance. In this two part series, techniques that can be used to evaluate performance in children with digital hearing aids and/or cochlear implants will be discussed. In Part I, attention will be given to the identification of “Red Flag” behaviors from the audiologic perspective, and in Part II the focus will shift to the speech and language perspective. In both sessions, programming changes based on performance measures will be detailed. Case studies will be presented to illustrate common issues, identification techniques, and the potential performance changes observed with program modifications. Registration for both sessions is encouraged.
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Course created on April 22, 2013
- Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to identify red flags in the development of speech and language skills and needed intervention.
- Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to explain how to analyze the red flags in order to differentiate issues related to developmental issues, therapy, and technology which require audiological programming changes.
- Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to explain how to utilize performance measures to identify programming changes that will improve auditory access to speech.
|0-10 Minutes||Introduction, Background, and Overview|
|10-35 Minutes||Identification of “Red Flag” behaviors from the Speech / Language Perspective|
|35-45 Minutes||Auditory and Speech/language Developmental Timelines and Expectations for children with hearing aids and/or cochlear implant|
|45-55 Minutes||Clinical Applications|
|55-60 Minutes||Conclusion and Questions|
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Sylvia Rotfleisch is an Auditory-Verbal therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. Trained at McGill University under Daniel Ling, she has worked at the Montreal Oral School and House Ear Institute. She taught in graduate programs at USC, California Lutheran University and has published several articles and two book chapters.
Jane R. Madell
PhD CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Center
Dr. Jane Madell is an audiologist, SLP, and LSLS auditory verbal therapist. Her clinical and research interests include hearing in infants and children, management of severe/profound hearing loss, including HA’s, CI’s, FM’s, and APD. She has published 5 books, numerous book chapters, and articles. She consults nationally and internationally on issues related to pediatric hearing loss.
Joan G. Hewitt
Dr. Hewitt is a pediatric audiologist who, for the past 25 years, has specialized in diagnosing and treating infants and children with hearing loss. Board certified with a specialization in cochlear implants, Dr. Hewitt has advanced degrees in both audiology and auditory/oral education of the deaf.
Financial: Jane Madell is a paid, guest presenter for Cochlear Americas. She is the Owner of Jane Madell Consulting. She receives royalties from some of the numerous books she has authored on the topic of pediatric audiology. Non-Financial: Jane Madell has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Joan Hewitt is a paid, guest presenter for Cochlear Americas. Joan Hewitt is the owner of Pediatric Hearing Specialists, a private practice located in Encinitas, CA. Additionally she is a staff member of Project TALK, which is a not-for-profit program that assists children who have hearing loss. Non-Financial: Joan Hewitt has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Cochlear Americas in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service. Cochlear implants, including products from Cochlear Americas, may be discussed.
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