Title: 'Hearing Aid Management: Parent Education and Support '
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Parent support, hearing aid management, pediatrics
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe challenges parents face with pediatric hearing aid management.
  2. Identify what resources and communication methods parents’ desire from their audiologists.


The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) (2007) recommends hearing aid fitting within one month of hearing loss confirmation, and infants are more frequently being fitted with hearing aids prior to six months of age (Muñoz, Blaiser, & Barwick, 2013). Early amplification and consistent use of appropriately programmed hearing aids are critical for spoken language development (Moeller et al., 2010). However, achieving effective daily management that supports consistent hearing aid use can be difficult for parents. The Parent Hearing Aid Management Inventory (PHAMI), a parent-report questionnaire, was developed to learn more about parent experiences and factors influencing hearing aid management for children birth to three years of age (Muñoz et al., in press). Further research was done with parents of children 0-3 years in seven states (N = 398) to learn more about parent education and support needs. Primary caregivers of children with bilateral hearing loss who are using hearing aids competed the PHAMI as well as a depression screening. The results of this study will be presented and discussed.
Presentation: Tuesday_Clements_1130_StephanieRusk_1530.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 5- 1530.rtf
Stephanie Rusk - Co-Presenter,Author,POC
Utah State University
     Credentials: USU Doctorate of Audiology Candidate
      Stephanie Rusk is a second year doctorate of audiology candidate at Utah State University. She is part of the Listening & Spoken Language program at USU. Stephanie intends to focus her studies on pediatric audiology. She regularly volunteers at Special Olympic events, travels with USU’s Student Academy of Audiology chapter on humanitarian hearing missions. She also is part of the SAA chapter at USU as the fundraising coordinator and national chapter representative.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Karen Munoz - Co-Presenter,Author,POC
Utah State University
     Credentials: Associate Professor
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Karen Muñoz is an associate professor of audiology at Utah State University in the Department of Communicative Disorders and associate director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. Her research focus is in the area of childhood hearing loss.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.