Current Perspectives on Minimal and Mild Permanent Hearing Loss in Children Over the last several decades, audiologists, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and educators have learned a great deal about the impact of permanent minimal/ mild hearing loss (MMHL) on children. Once considered a problem that could be easily managed by preferential positioning of the listener relative to the talker of interest or, ... Article
Article  |   June 13, 2016
Current Perspectives on Minimal and Mild Permanent Hearing Loss in Children
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  • Anne Marie Tharpe
    Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
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Hearing Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   June 13, 2016
Current Perspectives on Minimal and Mild Permanent Hearing Loss in Children
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 28-34. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG6.28
History: Received March 28, 2016 , Revised April 27, 2016 , Accepted April 28, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 28-34. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG6.28
History: Received March 28, 2016; Revised April 27, 2016; Accepted April 28, 2016

Over the last several decades, audiologists, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and educators have learned a great deal about the impact of permanent minimal/ mild hearing loss (MMHL) on children. Once considered a problem that could be easily managed by preferential positioning of the listener relative to the talker of interest or, in the case of school-age children, preferential classroom seating, research has accumulated over the last several decades concluding that children with MMHL are at risk of significant educational and psychosocial challenges. Despite the term minimal, no longer is a MMHL viewed as being inconsequential. The following sections will describe our current knowledge about MMHL in children and what we have left to discover.

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