February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/27/2017  |   11:05 AM - 11:35 AM   |  Auditory Brainstem Implants: Candidacy, Evaluation, and Educational Considerations   |  Grand Hall C

Auditory Brainstem Implants: Candidacy, Evaluation, and Educational Considerations

A Phase I clinical trial is being conducted in Los Angeles to investigate the safety and feasibility of the auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in deaf children, ages 2 to 5 years, who are unable to derive benefit from a cochlear implant. To date, five out of nine enrolled children in this clinical trial went on to receive an ABI. Follow-up evaluations of these five children for the past two years, indicate that progress in auditory skill development with the ABI is considerably slower than that observed for most children with cochlear implants. There is evidence, suggesting that the ABI can provide auditory access of speech to support open-set word recognition and the potential for spoken language in some children. Children who receive the ABI need intensive therapy and habilitation. Given the slower rate of auditory progress, pediatric ABI recipients require visually supported communication, and strong parental involvement. This presentation will provide the participant with a greater understanding of the ABI and the protocol designed to evaluate candidacy, device programming, and post ABI outcomes. Parent counseling, recommended habilitation, and long term treatment plans for children using ABIs will be discussed. This information will be helpful to audiologists, early intervention providers, speech language pathologists, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, listening and spoken language specialists, Cert. AVEds and AVTs. [Supported by NIH grant U01DC013031 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders]

  • Participants will be able to define candidacy criteria for an auditory brainstem implant in pediatric patients.
  • Participants will discuss components of an aural habilitation session designed for a pediatric ABI user.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to recognize key differences between mapping cochlear implants and mapping auditory brainstem implants.

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Debra Schrader (), Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern CA Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication, debra.schrader@med.usc.edu;
Debbie Schrader is a certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and listening and spoken language specialist, certified auditory verbal therapist, with over 30 years of diverse teaching experiences. Debbie’s experiences include teaching within private and public school settings at the preschool, elementary, middle, high school in IL, TX, WI and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has extensive experience leading professional staff development and mentoring beginning teacher clinics for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. Her strong commitment to the education of children with hearing loss and exceptionally valued partnerships with parents and professional service providers, has led to highly successful teaching experiences. She is currently the educational specialist at the Keck School of Medicine USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication. Debbie is the clinical coordinator of the Come Read with Me at USC summer literacy intervention program. Her clinical roles also include providing educational counseling, providing auditory verbal therapy and conducting staff development throughout southern CA. She is a member of the LA Pediatric ABI team.


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Jamie Glater (), Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern CA Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication, jamie.glater@med.usc.edu;
Jamie Glater is a licensed dispensing audiologist and assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology at USC’s Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication. She pursued her education at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received a doctorate in audiology. Her research interests have included efficacy of high frequency tympanometry and participating in the clinical management of children using auditory brainstem implants (ABI). In addition to this clinical research Dr. Glater recently contributed to a chapter discussing programming and management of children with ABI in Laurie Eisenberg’s Clinical Management of Children with Hearing Loss. Dr. Glater's clinical interests are music perception with cochlear implants; working to optimize cochlear implants and hearing aid fittings in the pediatric population; and supporting families through the journey of hearing loss.


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