Quality In, Quality Out: Supporting Good Outcomes for Children Who Wear Hearing Aids Fitting hearing aids to infants with hearing loss can be completed in a systematic and evidence-based manner. This is because there are clinical protocols and technologies available so that pediatric audiologists can fit hearing aids to their patients with hearing loss during the early months of life. Early hearing aid ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2013
Quality In, Quality Out: Supporting Good Outcomes for Children Who Wear Hearing Aids
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  • Marlene P. Bagatto
    Child Amplification Laboratory, National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Disclosure: Financial: Marlene Bagatto is a member of the research team in the Child Amplification Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario. The author participated in the development and evaluation of the UWO PedAMP, which is freely available. The DSL Method, Ling 6 and UWO Plurals test are licensed through the Child Amplification Laboratory with all revenue redirected to the nonprofit research program to support future work.
    Disclosure: Financial: Marlene Bagatto is a member of the research team in the Child Amplification Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario. The author participated in the development and evaluation of the UWO PedAMP, which is freely available. The DSL Method, Ling 6 and UWO Plurals test are licensed through the Child Amplification Laboratory with all revenue redirected to the nonprofit research program to support future work.×
  • Nonfinancial: Marlene Bagatto has previously published in this subject area, some of these works are referenced in this paper.
    Nonfinancial: Marlene Bagatto has previously published in this subject area, some of these works are referenced in this paper.×
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Article   |   December 01, 2013
Quality In, Quality Out: Supporting Good Outcomes for Children Who Wear Hearing Aids
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, December 2013, Vol. 23, 31-42. doi:10.1044/hhdc23.2.31
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, December 2013, Vol. 23, 31-42. doi:10.1044/hhdc23.2.31

Fitting hearing aids to infants with hearing loss can be completed in a systematic and evidence-based manner. This is because there are clinical protocols and technologies available so that pediatric audiologists can fit hearing aids to their patients with hearing loss during the early months of life. Early hearing aid fitting supports speech and language development, however, the way in which the hearing aid is fitted can significantly impact the infant’s progress. A four-stage process for infant hearing aid fitting is offered as a framework with which to execute the essential components of the procedure. Key aspects of the pediatric hearing aid fitting process are described with a focus on elements that may impact an infant’s progress with hearing aids if not implemented.

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