Title: 'Pitfalls in Pediatric Audiology'
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Keyword(s): Pitfalls, pediatric audiology, improved efficiency
Learning Objectives:
  1. describe common pediatric diagnostic audiology pitfalls
  2. list benefits of following published guidelines
  3. apply information to improve pediatric audiology protocol


Pediatric audiology assessments that incorporate shortcuts and include assumptions based on limited information may lead to delays in diagnosis, inappropriate intervention, and have legal implications for the examiner. Additionally, parents are often confused by information that does not coincide with their observations of their child. Further, when this scenario results in multiple examiners seeing the child, professional integrity is questioned. This presentation will incorporate case study examples and provide suggestions for efficient audiological assessment of infants and young children. Position statements will be examined and checklists will be reviewed for incorporation into busy clinical practices.
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Faye McCollister - POC,Co-Presenter
     Credentials: CCC-A, EdD
     Other Affiliations: UAB CMV Studies
      Faye P. McCollister, EdD, CCC-A, has authored articles on hearing loss associated with congenital cytomegalovirus, low birth weight, unilateral hearing loss, and Downs Syndrome. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama. She is an audiology consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management Technical Assistance Network and for the UAB collaborative studies regarding congenital CMV and hearing loss. Dr. McCollister has extensive pediatric audiology experience and experience in early intervention with families and their infants and young children with hearing loss.

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Diane Sabo - Co-Presenter
NCHAM/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh
     Credentials: PhD
      Diane L. Sabo, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, University of Pittsburgh, Director of Audiology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of Audiology Communication Disorders, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has authored numerous articles in the area of pediatric audiology and has been involved with multiple research projects.

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