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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'Pediatric Hearing Aid Use Challenges Among Hispanic Families'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): hearing loss, Hispanic families, hearing aids management, family needs, children.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify hearing aid management information and skills Hispanic parents want to learn.
  2. Describe hearing aid use challenges Hispanic parents are experiencing.

Abstract:

Hearing aid fitting in infancy has become more common in the United States as a result of earlier identification of hearing loss (Muñoz, Blaiser, & Barwick, 2013). However, consistency of hearing aid use is an area of concern for young children (Walker et al., 2013) as well as other hearing aid management challenges parents encounter (Muñoz, Olson, Twohig, Preston, Blaiser, & White, in press) that may contribute to less than optimal speech and language outcomes. Parents have a central role in the intervention process and need to learn new knowledge and skills, and gain confidence to manage effectively on a daily basis. The Parent Hearing Aid Management Inventory (PHAMI) was developed to better understand parent experiences with hearing aid management (Muñoz et al., in press). Attitudes and beliefs related to disabilities are influenced by culture and differing perspectives need to be incorporated in treatment decisions (ASHA, 2008). It is estimated that the Hispanic population in the United States will comprise a quarter of the U.S. population by 2050 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008). To effectively support parent learning, in a culturally sensitive manner, a better understanding is needed of challenges Hispanic families experience with hearing aid management. To learn more about the needs of this population, the PHAMI was translated into Spanish. The questionnaire was distributed to Spanish-speaking parents of children 0-3 years with bilateral hearing loss who were wearing hearing aids. In addition to the PHAMI, a screening questionnaire to explore the presence of symptoms of depression was also included. The results will be presented and time will be allotted for discussion.
Presentation: Monday_Beckham_320_AnaCaballero_1529.pdf

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PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Ana Caballero - Co-Presenter,Author,POC
Utah State University
     Credentials: Audiology Student at Utah State University
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Ana Caballero is a student in the Doctorate of Audiology program at Utah State University. She is originally from El Salvador, were she obtained a previous Medical Degree. Her native language is Spanish. She earned her Second Bachelor at the University of Utah in Communicative Disorders (Speech and Hearing BS) in 2013. Because of her previous medical background and coming from a developing country, she worked several years with kids and adults at different rural areas and underprivileged communities. She enjoys working around people, and also working with kids and likes being around hispanic populations as well, helping also with language barriers. After she graduates, she want to work with kids with hearing loss and different disabilities and their families, trying to be for them a support and advocate for an equal access to health services.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

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.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.