March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   2:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  Topical Session 2   |  Pacific Salon 2   |  3 - Language Acquisition and Development

Assessment and Intervention for Children with Mild-Moderate-Severe Hearing Loss

Research illustrates that children with severe-profound hearing loss using cochlear implants are achieving improved spoken language outcomes in comparison to their hard of hearing peers. Parents and professionals continue to demonstrate understanding of the neurodevelopmental emergency that exists when identifying a child with severe-profound hearing loss, and in doing so, are proactive in their interventions. However, children with more residual hearing often fall through the cracks and continue to be at risk for academic, speech-language, and social-emotional difficulties. The magnitudes are great in the life of a child identified with a mild-moderate-severe hearing loss as these children are often labeled inattentive, underachiever, or looked upon as a child with behavioral problems. Every child identified with hearing loss, no matter how minimal, merits early, routine, and evidence-based assessment and management in order to maximize neuroplasticity of the brain. It is critical that early intervention providers recognize the extent of what these children are missing in order to assist families and children with hearing loss to reach their fullest potential. This presentation will address the need that regardless of the severity of hearing loss, it has an impact on a child’s trajectory thus making it a neurodevelopmental emergency.

  • • List at least two reasons that make mild-moderate-severe hearing loss a neurodevelopmental emergency.
  • • List at least two ways that providers can help a family understand the magnitude of mild-moderate-severe hearing loss.

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Brittney Sprouse (Primary Presenter), University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children's Hospital, b.j.sprouse@gmail.com;
Brittney Sprouse, Au.D., is a pediatric audiologist at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Sprouse received her Doctorate in Audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (University of Akron) in 2009. Dr. Sprouse’ s clinical interests include diagnostic evaluations; electrophysiology; amplification, including hearing aids, osseointegrated devices, cochlear implants, and assistive listening technology; ototoxicity monitoring; early intervention; outreach and education. She is actively involved on the state and national level in Audiology through her service on committees and boards.


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