SA-5: Auditory Habilitation for Children with ANSD


Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) Is estimated to occur in one in 10 children with permanent hearing loss.  ANSD, first described by Starr in 1996 as Auditory Neuropathy, is characterized by normal outer hair cell function with severely abnormal or absent auditory evoked potentials.  Speech discrimination abilities are typically poorer than would be predicted based on the child’s audiogram, which impacts language learning and communication abilities.  This presentation will provide an overview of ANSD as well as practical strategies for treatment for the speech-language pathologist.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define auditory neuropathy
  •  Identify 3 goals of auditory rehabilitation with this patient population
  • Identify three strategies that can be used in rehabilitation