March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/15/2016  |   2:15 PM - 2:45 PM   |  Topical Session 6   |  Royal Palm 5/6   |  2 - Audiological Services

Special Populations: An Audiologic Approach to Managing Children with Craniofacial Anomalies.

Each year, more than 7,000 children are born with either cleft lip and/ or palate in isolation, while Pierre-Robin Sequence stands as the most anatomic deviation associated with a non-isolated cleft. In addition, the incidence of craniofacial anomalies other than cleft lip and/or palate occurs in approximately one in every 1600 births. Children born with craniofacial anomalies are at an increased risk for hearing loss making the audiologic monitoring and management of these children critical during the early years of life. This presentation will examine current audiologic guidelines and practices along with implications for early identification and management of infants born with craniofacial anomalies and hearing loss. Through a change in protocol and increased visibility in the audiologic role on a multidisciplinary craniofacial team, a systematic improvement allotted opportunities to enhance EHDI implementation for the high-risk population of children born with craniofacial anomalies. Discussion will also reflect current audiologic data and management of children diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence treated at the University of Chicago Medicine.

  • The learner will understand the importance of early audiologic monitoring of children with craniofacial anomalies.
  • learner will examine the protocol used at the University of Chicago Medicine in the audiologic management of children with craniofacial anomalies.
  • The learner will be able to summarize audiologic data collected from children diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence.

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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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