Understanding Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children
By Whitney Adamson, Phonak Product Manager, Marketing
In just four decades, our understanding of Unilateral Hearing Loss (UHL) in children has grown tremendously, aided in part by the widespread implementation of universal newborn hearing screenings, which allow for earlier identification. At the same time, there is still so much to be learned.
Continuations of advanced imaging studies will allow us not only to pinpoint neural mechanisms behind observed behaviors, but also design targeted interventions before academic and social deficiencies manifest. Until then, research conducted thus far gives insight into the best manner in which to identify and treat children with UHL: comprehensively and individually.
Advancements in UHL
“Phonak Compendium: A Review of Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children” is intended to summarize recent research into pediatric UHL and the unique challenges children face with this condition. The hope is that clinicians can use this information to make the appropriate clinical decisions for their patients, as well as educate teachers and families regarding the needs of the child with UHL.
Since each child with UHL has unique communication needs, it is paramount that audiologists work with these children and their families to find the most appropriate combination of amplification, intervention services and follow-up monitoring.