For Children With Hearing Loss: The Times They Are A-changin’ Today, children with hearing loss have more opportunities than ever before to use audition and to achieve age-appropriate spoken language and academic outcomes. Several factors are driving these new outcomes, including universal newborn hearing screening and earlier diagnosis of hearing loss, immediate fitting of advanced hearing technology, and enrollment in ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2010
For Children With Hearing Loss: The Times They Are A-changin’
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • K. Todd Houston
    Speech-Language Pathology and Graduate Studies Program in Auditory Learning and Spoken Language, Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Teresa Caraway
    Hearts for Hearing, Oklahoma City, OK
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Article   |   September 01, 2010
For Children With Hearing Loss: The Times They Are A-changin’
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2010, Vol. 20, 48-55. doi:10.1044/hhdc20.2.48
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2010, Vol. 20, 48-55. doi:10.1044/hhdc20.2.48

Today, children with hearing loss have more opportunities than ever before to use audition and to achieve age-appropriate spoken language and academic outcomes. Several factors are driving these new outcomes, including universal newborn hearing screening and earlier diagnosis of hearing loss, immediate fitting of advanced hearing technology, and enrollment in appropriate early intervention services. For speech-language pathologists and audiologists, these changes mean altering how these children and their families are served, including the types of diagnostic evaluations that are conducted. Specifically, if speech-language pathologists are to remain vital service providers, they must raise their professional expectations for what these children can ultimately achieve.

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