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Late-Identified Hearing Loss in Young Children: A Call to Action (On Demand Webinar) (PD102895)

Presenter(s): Dylan Chan, MD, PhD; Karen G Munoz, EdD, CCC-A
Course Description


Early childhood is a critical period for auditory, language, and cognitive development, and early identification of permanent hearing loss provides the opportunity for children to receive appropriate and timely intervention and educational services. When children are identified late, they are at increased risk of permanent speech, language, and educational delays. This session will discuss the prevalence of late-identified hearing loss in young children, opportunities to identify hearing problems, and stakeholder actions needed to support child development.

Related Courses

This is one of three courses in the ASHA Audiology 2024: Pediatric Audiology webinar series. See all the courses in this series.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Summarize the importance of timely hearing loss identification 
  • Explain the prevalence of late identified hearing loss in young children 
  • Describe opportunities to raise awareness in your work setting

Presenter Information

Dylan K. Chan, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In 2014, he established the UCSF Children’s Communication Center, which is devoted to delivering family-centered care for families of deaf and hard of hearing children, performing community outreach and education, and conducting clinical and translational research projects. He runs a laboratory devoted to studying the genetics and physiology of hearing and deafness. He also studies why different populations of children experience very different outcomes in their hearing health, particularly how their hearing affects their speech, language, and other aspects of development. He seeks ways to improve health care systems that will reduce such disparities, including strategies to make provision of hearing screenings equitable and to boost access to teletherapy. Dr. Chan received his PhD in sensory neuroscience from the Rockefeller University in New York, and he obtained his medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York. He completed his ONHS residency at Stanford University, followed by a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Karen Muñoz, EdD, CCC-A, is department head and a professor of audiology in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. Her research focuses on person-centered care in audiology, factors that influence patient/caregiver engagement in hearing treatment, and developing interventions that support health behavior change for parents of young children who use amplification.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA representative on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, which commissioned the research discussed in the presentation

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 and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: May 1, 2024
End date: May 3, 2029

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

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102895
Available Through: May 03, 2029