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Management of Unilateral and Mild Hearing Loss in Children (PD102301)

Presenter(s): Sydney E Bednarz, AuD, CCC-A
Course Description

For clinical audiologists and hearing health care professionals, the older “watch and wait” approach to working with children with unilateral or mild hearing loss has evolved. More recent research and professional experience have shown that providing supports and management strategies similar to those used with children who have bilateral hearing loss results in improved outcomes. This webinar outlines current approaches to managing unilateral and mild hearing loss in children in schools and clinical settings.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • List intervention strategies for children with unilateral and mild hearing loss
  • Identify management strategies that are best suited for varying clinical presentations of mild and unilateral hearing loss
  • Teach children with mild and unilateral hearing loss self-advocacy skills and management strategies to build self-awareness and confidence and to maximize their educational experience

Contents

  • Defining Minimal Hearing Loss
  • Unilateral Hearing Loss
    • Clinical Assessment and Considerations
    • Educational Management
    • Technological Intervention
  • Mild Hearing Loss
    • Clinical Assessment and Considerations
    • Educational Management
    • Technological Intervention
  • Survey
  • Case Examples

Presenter Information

Sydney Bednarz, AuD, CCC-A, is an educational audiologist with Saint Paul Public Schools in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She graduated with her AuD in 2015 from Central Michigan University and has been working in pediatrics since completing her externship at Boston Children's Hospital. Prior to working for the public schools, Sydney worked clinically in a private school as both a pediatric and educational audiologist in Washington, D.C. She provided clinical audiological testing as well as programming for hearing aids, bone conduction devices, and cochlear implants. Sydney moved to the public school setting due to her love for hearing technology. She strives to stay current on new and upcoming equipment, through both individual professional development as well as attending and presenting at conferences and trainings. Sydney has participated in ASHA's Early Career Professionals program, ASHA's Leadership Development Program, and the Institute for Cochlear Implant Training Advanced Audiology course, and presented at the National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention conference. Her passion for pediatrics spans from birth through high school. She also takes pride in her knowledge and skill level in American Sign Language, promoting herself as an advocate for the Deaf community and a signing audiologist.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Educational audiologist at Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by August 29, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 22, 2022
End date: August 29, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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COURSE DETAILS
Item #(s): PD102301
Available Through: August 29, 2027