Title: 'Outcomes of Children with Mild-Severe Hearing Loss'
Track: 3-Early Intervention and Beyond
Keyword(s): Outcomes Children mild-severe
Learning Objectives: 1.Participants will list three key factors that significantly influence outcomes of children with mild to severe hearing loss. 2.Participants will list four reasons why morphosyntax development may be fragile in children with mild to severe hearing loss. 3.Participants will describe the range of services provided for children birth- five.


The Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss (OCHL) project is a multicenter longitudinal study of more than 300 children with mild to severe bilateral hearing loss. Children representing the range of degrees of loss, as well as the clinical services currently available to serve them, are being sampled within Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia. Presenters will describe the background and design of the study, and findings based on the data collected during the first two waves and, in some cases, the third wave of assessments. A comprehensive set of child outcomes (e.g., speech production and perception, language, academic, psychosocial, cognitive) and family outcomes (e.g., parenting, quality of life, and satisfaction with services) is being obtained using measures appropriate for the ages of the children. Parent and family status is obtained via interviews and scales completed by the parents of these children A particular focus of this study has been to measure the auditory capabilities of children while they are developing communication skills. Thus, both audbility measures and device use are being documented. Clinical management of the hearing loss will be described beginning with age of identification of the hearing loss, percent of children who have been fitted with a hearing aid, the average age of fitting, and the average time between identification and fitting. The characteristics of the providers’ training and experience and the nature of audiological and educational (SLP, early childhood, aural rehabilitation) services provided is being documented via questionnaires completed by the providers. The features of these services will be summarized.
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Mary Pat Moeller - BTNRH
     Credentials: Ph.D.
Patricia Roush - University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Otolaryngology, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
     Credentials: B.S. (Univ of Mass); M.A. (Univ of Iowa); Au.D. (Univ of Florida); Licensed audiologist (State of NC); Certified audiologist (CCCA)
      Dr. Roush is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, UNC School of Medicine, and Director of Pediatric Audiology at UNC Hospitals.
Bruce Tomblin - University of Iowa
     Credentials: PhD CCC-SLP
      BIO: J. Bruce Tomblin, PhD, Project Co-Director, leads the Child Language Research Center and is the DC Spriestersbach Distinguished Professor at the University of Iowa. His research and teaching are in developmental language disorders found in children with specific language impairment and hearing loss. He also directs the Iowa Pediatric Cochlear Implant Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology; this lab is concerned with perceptual, speech and language development following cochlear implantation. Much of this research has been supported by NIH research grants and contracts. Dr. Tomblin earned his doctoral degree in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and the Iowa Speech and Hearing Association. He holds a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology from ASHA and is a licensed speech language pathologist in the state of Iowa.