DATE: Tuesday, December 1st -1 PM ET
SPEAKER: Ryan McCreery, Ph.D. Director of Research, Director of the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Audiologists often rely on the dB HL audiogram to make decisions about hearing-aid candidacy for children. However, this approach leads to inconsistencies in when hearing aids are recommended, particularly for children with mild or minimal hearing losses. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the rationale and supporting data for a hearing-aid candidacy based on the child’s unaided speech audibility. The presentation will include a review of the variability in outcomes for children with mild bilateral hearing loss in previous research and a clinical protocol for supporting hearing-aid candidacy decisions for children with estimates of unaided audibility.
1. Discuss the limitations of the dB HL audiogram as it relates to estimating speech audibility for children.
2. Implement an audibility-based approach to hearing-aid candidacy for children.
3. Describe the caveats to using an audibility-based hearing-aid candidacy criterion
SPEAKER BIO: Ryan McCreery, Ph.D. Director of Research, Director of the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition Laboratory,
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Ryan McCreery is the Director of Research and Director of the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE. Ryan provides strategic leadership to the 6 centers and 26 laboratories that comprise the BTNRH research program. His NIH-funded research examines the effects of hearing loss and cognitive development on speech perception in children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss.