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5 Key Messages When Working With Children With UHL

With up to 10 times more children in the world being diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss (UHL) each year versus bilateral hearing loss, you may have more of a need than before to counsel families of patients with UHL.

Utilize these five key messages to share with families and pediatric patients.

  1. Experts agree that, just like children with permanent bilateral hearing loss, intervention by six months of age is imperative for children with UHL.
  2. It’s only a myth that one normal hearing ear is enough. Evidence shows that UHL can negatively impact a child’s development in many areas, including localization, pre-verbal communication, speech understanding in noise, early auditory behavior, cognition and speech, and language development.
  3. Although there are no published guidelines, part of early intervention for children with UHL is the consideration of a variety of hearing technologies. These include traditional and bone conduction hearing aids, remote microphone technology (RMS), CROS systems and cochlear implants.
  4. As a child with UHL grows, a different solution or combination of solutions may become more appropriate depending on communication or educational needs. Ongoing management includes monitoring auditory behaviors and performance with hearing technologies.
  5. As an audiologist, you have an important role in providing support, information and resources to families of children with UHL.

For tools to access and manage UHL in children, download the “Quick Practice Guideline” on  www.phonakpro.com/UHL and download.

Attend an Upcoming AudiologyOnline Training

Gain a better understanding of the most current research regarding unilateral hearing loss by attending a 1-hour CEU course on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. CT. Phonak Pediatrics: Unilateral Hearing Loss Solutions will help you to understand the impact of UHL and improve your understanding of the choices of hearing technologies available depending on the degree of loss in the child.

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