Title: 'Serving Families of Infants and Toddlers with Mild or Unilateral Hearing Loss: Employing Effective Medical, Audiologic and Developmental Intervention Strategies'
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Keyword(s): unilateral, minimal, mild hearing loss
Learning Objectives:
  1. participants will be able to list 2-3 distinct characteristics associated with children who have minimal hearing loss
  2. participants will be able to list 2-3 common audiological interventions used with these children and the benefits/limitations associated with each.
  3. participants will be able to describe appropriate speech-language interventions for use with these children and their families


Twenty years ago, audiologists, physicians, and other professionals were largely unconcerned about the impact of unilateral and minimal bilateral hearing loss on children. Audiologists would advise preferential seating for these children when they started school and assured parents that there would be no problems. However, as more and more parents expressed concern about their child's academic progress, professionals began to pay closer attention to this 'minimal' problem. Today, we have a significant amount of information about the psychoeducational, speech-language, and behavioral outcomes of children with minimal degrees of hearing loss. For example, 30-55% of children with unilateral and mild bilateral hearing loss have academic difficulties, with many requiring grade retention. Despite widespread knowledge of this academic risk, children with minimal and mild losses are less likely to be fitted with hearing aids than those with greater degrees of loss – a situation that is even more pronounced in children with unilateral hearing loss. This presentation will review past and current findings on the consequences of minimal degrees of hearing loss, including unilateral hearing loss, on children.
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Anne Marie Tharpe - POC,Primary Presenter
Vanderbilt University
     Credentials: Ph.D.
      Dr. Tharpe is Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of pediatric audiology. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of hearing loss on various aspects of child development, special needs of children with multiple disabilities, and the development and assessment of hearing in infants. Dr. Tharpe has published extensively in national and international professional journals, has published a number of books and book chapters, and has spoken to over 200 audiences around the world on pediatric audiology issues.

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Melody Harrison - Co-Presenter
UNC-Chapel Hill
     Credentials: Professor & Coordinator of Master's Studies

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