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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'Alternative Methods of Testing Hearing in Children'
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Keyword(s): Hearing evaluation, audiology, community
Learning Objectives:
  1. List alternative methods to assess hearing in children
  2. Utilize methods learned in their own clinical practice

Abstract:

The current methods of behaviorally assessing hearing in children are sufficient for most scenarios. However, as audiologists we know that we need to adjust our methods based on the needs of the family and the child. We have developed a toolbox of assessments that can augment our current paradigm. These assessments include modifying the clinical setting using Reaching for Sound (RFS) to test children from 2-3 years of age and using video visual reinforcement audiometry (VVRA) to test children with autism. In addition, methods of testing children outside of the typical clinic setting will be discussed, including visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) screening in the home, best practices for Early Children Hearing Outreach (ECHO), and Out of Hospital (OOH) clinics in the Plain Population. We will present the data supporting these tools and we will discuss how clinicians can utilize some of these methods in their own practice.
Presentation: Tuesday_Stopher_1130_JonDouglas_1504.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 5- 1504.docx
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Jon Douglas - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Wisconsin Waisman Center
     Credentials: AuD, CCC-A
      Jon C. Douglas, AuD is a clinical audiologist at the University of Wisconsin Doctor of Audiology Program. In addition, Dr. Douglas is the LEND Audiology Clinical Faculty at the Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations in children and adults with different abilities. In addition, Dr. Douglas is the clinical audiologist on the LEND Pediatric Audiology Supplement grant to improve pediatric audiology training.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Amy Hartman - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Wisconsin Doctor of Audiology Program, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
     Credentials: Au.D., CCC-A
      Dr. Hartman’s clinical focus is working with deaf and hard of hearing children. She is particularly interested in audiologic assessment of infants and young children and (central) auditory processing evaluations. Dr. Hartman has clinical expertise in the area of diagnostic audiologic assessment and hearing aid assessments and fittings for the pediatric population. Her previous clinical experiences include work at a children’s hospital and a large multi-specialty clinic. Dr. Hartman has clinical experience in the areas of behavioral diagnostic testing, electrophysiological assessment, including sedated and non-sedated auditory brainstem response testing, newborn hearing screening, (central)auditory processing evaluations, and the fitting of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Kristan Sershen - Author
University of Wisconsin Doctor of Audiology Program - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
     Credentials: AuD Candidate
      Krista Sershen is a 4th year doctor of audiology student at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She is currently completing her 4th year externship at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, WI. Her interest areas include pediatrics, aural rehabilitation, populations with disabilities, and amplification.
Corey Stoelb - Author
University of Wisconsin Doctor of Audiology Program
     Credentials: B.S., AuD Candidate
      Corey A. Stoelb, B.S. is a third year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked at UW’s Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab since 2010, and his research investigates new methods of providing binaural cues to bilateral cochlear implant users. Corey also worked as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate audiology course and has a background in computer programming.
Jenna Woestman - Author
St. Claire Hospital
     Credentials: Au.D.
      Dr. Woestman graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2014. Dr. Woestman is a clinical audiologist at St. Clare hospital in Baraboo, WI. She is currently providing diagnostic audiologic assessments and hearing aid services for the pediatric and adult populations.
Kaitlin O’Brien - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Wisconsin Doctoral of Audiology Program
     Credentials: AuD Candidate
      Kaitlin O’Brien is a third year audiology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her practicum experiences thus far have encompassed a variety of audiologic services and patient populations. Kaitlin participated in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) in the 2013-2014 academic year to take a leadership role in providing services and improving systems of care for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. She is currently the Philanthropy and Community Outreach Chair for the University of Wisconsin Student Academy of Audiology Chapter. Kaitlin is passionate about audiology and is eager to further develop her audiologic skills in order to better serve patients.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

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Kate Tiefenthaler - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Wisconsin Doctoral of Audiology Program
     Credentials: B.S., AuD Candidate
      Kate Tiefenthaler is a 3rd Year Audiology Doctoral Student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her clinical interests include diagnostic and hearing aid services for patients of all ages, specializing in pediatric audiology and working with the deaf and hard of hearing community. Her LEND training has given her an opportunity to work with children of different abilities and their families, focusing on family-centered care. As a former engineer, Kate looks to improve processes within diagnostic and rehabilitative services, which led to her research on otoreflectance as a improved measure of middle ear function.
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Megan Costanzo - Author
University of Wisconsin Doctoral of Audiology Program
     Credentials: B.A., AuD Candidate
      Megan Costanzo, B.A., is a 4th Year Doctoral Student of Audiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison completing her externship at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She enjoys working with children and continues to put her LEND skills to use in daily clinical procedures, counseling, and leading aural rehabilitation classes bimonthly for patients.
Bridget Shanahan - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Wisconsin Doctoral of Audiology Program
     Credentials: B.S., AuD Candidate
      Bridget Shanahan, B.S., is a second year graduate student in the Doctorate of Audiology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she is a first year LEND Audiology Trainee at the Waisman Center. She plans to work as a Pediatric Audiologist for children with developmental disabilities and sudden illnesses.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.