Archived Webinar: Remarkable Challenges in Pediatric Audiology – Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 12pm ET

DATE: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – 12pm EST

SPEAKER: Marlene Bagatto, Au.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology, at Western University.

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Abstract:

Audiologists who support children who have hearing loss regularly encounter challenging cases. For these unique scenarios, the various assessment and management protocols that are available may not provide the guidance we need. This is because the main goal of clinical protocols is to provide the necessary details to operationalize the evidence-based guidance on best practice for the target population. Protocols do not and cannot address the unique characteristics of the child, family, and clinical and environmental contexts. Further, research questions remain unanswered for many of the situations we face as pediatric audiologists. Regardless, we are motivated to apply the protocol and our best clinical judgement to make recommendations for the child and family. When clinical uncertainty arises due to the state of knowledge about the scenario, this is known as “clinical equipoise”. This concept is helpful as we navigate these challenging scenarios.

In this presentation, pediatric case examples will be shared for discussion. Each case will have its own challenging characteristics that are not addressed by current research or protocols. Attendees will learn about the clinical recommendations and resulting outcomes for each case. It is anticipated that more questions than answers will surface as a result of this presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the challenges associated with managing unilateral hearing loss in infants.
  2. Explain some factors when considering technology recommendations for infants and young children who have auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD).
  3. Define how to proceed with a hearing aid fitting to an infant who has no responses to the auditory brainstem response (ABR) assessment.

SPEAKER BIO: Marlene Bagatto, Au.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology, at Western University.

Marlene Bagatto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology at Western University. The research in her Pediatric Audiology Strategies and Systems Laboratory focusses on policy and practice integration for infant and child hearing. Dr. Bagatto is Chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force which advocates for equitable infant hearing health care across Canada. Marlene is a Past President of CAA, and a CAA Board Member.

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Non Member fee – $50.00