Considerations for Hearing Aid Use in Infants and Children Who Have Mild Bilateral Hearing Loss In some jurisdictions, infants with mild bilateral hearing loss (MBHL) are identified through Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. Monitoring and intervention are necessary; however, it is unclear whether all infants with MBHL would benefit from the use of hearing aids. Audiologists have demonstrated uncertainty with hearing aid recommendations ... Article
Article  |   May 26, 2016
Considerations for Hearing Aid Use in Infants and Children Who Have Mild Bilateral Hearing Loss
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  • Marlene P. Bagatto
    National Centre for Audiology, Western University, London, ON, Canada
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Part 1
Article   |   May 26, 2016
Considerations for Hearing Aid Use in Infants and Children Who Have Mild Bilateral Hearing Loss
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2016, Vol. 1, 17-27. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG6.17
History: Received February 26, 2016 , Revised March 14, 2016 , Accepted March 21, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2016, Vol. 1, 17-27. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG6.17
History: Received February 26, 2016; Revised March 14, 2016; Accepted March 21, 2016

In some jurisdictions, infants with mild bilateral hearing loss (MBHL) are identified through Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. Monitoring and intervention are necessary; however, it is unclear whether all infants with MBHL would benefit from the use of hearing aids. Audiologists have demonstrated uncertainty with hearing aid recommendations likely due to the lack of reported outcomes of infants and children with MBHL who wear hearing aids. Through a case study describing an infant identified with MBHL, several factors are defined in this paper that aim to support case-by-case reasoning regarding a hearing aid recommendation. Reference to a decision support guide (Bagatto & Tharpe, 2014) serves as the basis for this work.

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