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Hearing Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: One Size Does Not Fit All (PD102302)

Presenter(s): Rachel K Sievers, AuD, CCC-A
Course Description

Educational audiologists and speech-language pathologists who work with students who are deaf/hard of hearing often need to make recommendations regarding hearing assistive technology (HAT) for a variety of students, each with unique characteristics and needs. This webinar explores challenges school professionals face regarding HAT, discusses preferred practices for determining HAT eligibility, and shares practical guides to use in your work setting. The speaker addresses common questions like: “How can I ensure that this HAT is appropriate for this student?” “How can I ensure that the equipment is working each day?” “How can I get buy-in from school partners regarding the equipment’s day-to-day use?”

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Discuss examples of how to build relationships with school partners
  • List evidence that supports the use of HAT for children who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Make a flow chart to determine if HAT is beneficial for a particular student
  • Create a guide that can be used to teach school partners how to ensure equipment is working and to document daily device checks


  • Why should we fit HAT? 
  • Why is there not one size fits all?
  • Building relationships with school partners 
  • The proof is in the pudding – how to show that the HAT is beneficial (creating flow chart) 
  • Setting up the school and the student for success (creating a guide) 
  • Cases study

Related Courses

This course is part of the Services and Supports for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing learning path. See more courses in this series, available through the ASHA Learning Pass or for a la carte purchase.

What is a learning path? A learning path is a curated set of courses on an essential topic, designed for you to take in order—or in whatever order you wish—as you have time in your schedule. Our learning paths identify sets of key courses so you can get on your way to mastering particular areas of practice according to your needs, priorities, and interests.

Presenter Information

Rachel Sievers, AuD, CCC-A, is an audiologist and audiology supervisor for the Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS) Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Her specialties include pediatric diagnostics, cochlear implants, and educational audiology. She serves on the board of Arkansas Hands & Voices and is passionate about family-to-family support. She has presented in areas of cochlear implantation, educational audiology, delivering difficult news, and family support and counseling.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board of Arkansas Hands & Voices

Learning Assessment 

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 June 9, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: May 2022
End date: June 9, 2027
This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102302
Available Through: June 09, 2027