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Using Objective Measurements in Pediatric Audiology (PD102630)

Presenter(s): Caitlin E Sapp, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Course Description

This recorded session from the ASHA Audiology 2022 Online Conference (Expanding Your Clinical Role track) examines the state of the literature supporting clinical decision-making about pediatric hearing aid candidacy. The speaker reviews the main types of bias that can potentially influence our thinking about who is and is not a candidate for a hearing aid. The session presents practical strategies for increasing the use of objective criteria in the clinic when assessing hearing aid candidacy and for knowing when a hearing aid may not be the right choice, with emphasis on the use of audibility as a counseling tool and in support of candidacy conversations with families of children with hearing loss.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify the types of bias shown to influence health care delivery 
  • List criteria for supporting objective candidacy decisions 
  • Evaluate the use of audibility as a counseling and candidacy tool


  • Types of bias & bias in our health care system
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Integrating objective measurements in our care delivery

Presenter Information

Caitlin Sapp, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, is the head of Pediatric Audiology at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill and the director of the Early Hearing Loss Lab. She completed her AuD training and her PhD at the University of Iowa. She has extensive experience in infant hearing assessment and case management and has collaborated with state EHDI departments on quality improvement efforts related to audiology services. Her research interests include examining the factors that improve language and social outcomes for children who are Deaf and hard of hearing, in particular malleable clinician factors like parent counseling.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary from UNC Medical Center & UNC School of Medicine
  • Research support from ASHFoundation and NIH/NIDCD
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • American Journal of Audiology Editorial Board
  • Advisory Committee for UNC Children's Cochlear Implant Center
  • NC EHDI Advisory Committee

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 January 17, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: September 2022
End date: January 17, 2028

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

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102630
Available Through: January 17, 2028