Title: 'Keeping Hearing Aids on Young Children – Effective Strategies to Share with Families'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): hearing aid retention, amplification outcomes
Learning Objectives:
  1. 1. Participants will be able to describe the methods used to identify effective strategies for keeping hearing aids on young children
  2. 2. Participants will be able to describe hearing aid retention methods and strategies to keep hearing aids on infants, toddlers and preschool age children
  3. 3. Participants will know how to obtain free information to share with families to assist them in keeping their young children’s hearing aids on consistently


The single most effective means to minimize developmental language and learning delays in early identified children with hearing loss with residual hearing is through the consistent use of amplification. This can be very challenging for busy families to achieve with their babies as they are exploring their world and as toddlers develop independence as toddlers. Indeed, data-logging research based on a sample of almost 5000 children has indicated that only 10% of children with hearing loss attain full time hearing aid use during all waking hours. If we can significantly improve the consistency of hearing aid use during the critical early auditory brain development period, this will potentially improve lifelong outcomes for children with hearing loss. The purpose of this presentation is to provide age-related strategies for use with and by families to support them as they strive to keep hearing aids on their infants and toddlers. This information was identified via a survey that resulted in responses from 101 audiologists and 286 family members of children with hearing loss. Strategies presented are identified as effective by families and include rating of hearing aid retention devices/strategies. Brochure information to share with families will be described, samples brochures provided and further resources specified.
Presentation: 1267JaneMadell.pdf


Handouts: Handout_1267JaneMadell.pptx
Karen Anderson - POC
Mpls School Dist
     Credentials: PhD, CCC-A, ABA
     Other Affiliations: Worked in the FL EHDI system for 9 years and also in MN EHDI
      Karen's done a lot of stuff!

Financial - Receives Other financial benefit for Ownership from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional ( research and information dissemination project) relationship for Other volunteer activities.  
Jane Madell - Co-Presenter
     Credentials: PhD
      Jane Madell, Ph.D., is a leader and known worldwide for her outstanding contributions to the field of audiology and pediatric hearing loss. She has been a Pediatric Audiologist for almost 50 years. Jane has contriubted to numerous text books and articles, presented at countless conferences, and been issued high awards for her work. She directed the Audiology program at the League for the Hard of Hearing for 21 years; was the Director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Co-Director of Cochlear Implant Center at Beth Israel Medical Center and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for 25 years. Jane consults and lectures nationally and internationally on hearing loss in infants and children and assists in program development.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.