Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss have greatly improved opportunities for children with severe to profound hearing loss to develop intelligible speech and the use and understanding of spoken language. Staff from the ECHO/SJIC program at Carle Foundation Hospital will share their experience in maximizing audition so expedient decisions can be made regarding cochlear implantation. They will also present data across groups of children implanted at increasingly older ages, demonstrating the distinct benefits that can result from implantation by 18 months, if not by 12 months of age.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER OFFERED FOR CEUs
Course created on June 20, 2007
- Participant will be able to discuss verification of hearing aid benefit.
- Participant will be able to list cochlear implant candidate criteria.
- Participant will be able to identify possible outcomes of early implantation with regard to speech and language development.
Both speakers work with the ECHO (Expanding Children’s Hearing Opportunities) program at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. The ECHO program brings together one of the nation's finest teams for the identification and treatment of children with hearing loss. The primary goal of the ECHO program has been to help children with hearing loss develop their communication skills to their fullest potential.
Dianne Hammes, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist - Dianne came to Carle Hospital ECHO program in 1995 after completing her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Minnesota. Dianne has had experience with a variety of communication modes including cued speech, auditory-oral communication, auditory-verbal communication, and total communication.
Jean F. Thomas
MS MS, CCC-A CCC-A
Jean F. Thomas, MS, CCC-A, Audiologist - Jean obtained her master’s degree in audiology from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She joined the ECHO program in 2000. She specializes in pediatric audiology, including hearing aid fittings and cochlear implants. She also has extensive experience with evoked potential testing.
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