Archived Webinar: Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children: Progress and Opportunities with Anne Marie Tharpe – Aired Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 1 PM ET

DATE: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 – 1 pm EST

SPEAKER: Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Vickie and Thomas Flood Endowed Chair in Hearing & Speech Sciences, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Medicine

 

Abstract:

For decades, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers, early interventionists, and parents have puzzled over the impact of unilateral hearing loss on children.  After all, it is reasonable to assume that one normal hearing ear ought to be sufficient for hearing speech and developing language.  Nonetheless, a growing body of evidence suggests that, on average, children with unilateral hearing loss have more academic, speech and language, and social-behavioral difficulties than their normal hearing peers.

This presentation will review what we know and what we do not yet know about children with unilateral hearing loss.  Specifically, several theories for why these children experience difficulties will be explored and current best practices for management will be addressed. Tools intended to enhance our care of these children will be described, including those designed to address listening effort and fatigue. Research designed to inform our future management directions with these children will be discussed.

Learning Points:

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List 2 challenges experienced by children with unilateral hearing loss
  2. List 3 hearing technologies designed to assist the listening of children with unilateral hearing loss01
  3. Define listening-related effort and fatigue.

SPEAKER BIO: Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Vickie and Thomas Flood Endowed Chair in Hearing & Speech Sciences, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Medicine

Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe is Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Medicine. She served as a clinical audiologist working with children with hearing loss and their families for 14 years before turning to a research career.  Specifically, she has explored behavioral auditory assessment approaches, developmental impacts of minimal and mild hearing loss on children, interventions for children with hearing loss and additional disabilities and, more recently, the use of hearing technologies in the homes of children with hearing loss and children with autism spectrum disorder. Although her current administrative role consumes much of her time, she continues running a research laboratory and teaching graduate students at Vanderbilt about issues related to childhood hearing loss. Her current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the hearing technology industry. She also has several training grants from the U.S. Department of Education, is faculty for Vanderbilt’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Maternal Child Health Bureau), and has contracts with the Tennessee Department of Health, Early Intervention Services. Dr. Tharpe has over 100 publications and has spoken with more than 300 audiences around the world on various aspects of childhood hearing loss.