Understanding Limited Use of Amplification in Infants and Children Who Are Hard of Hearing The effectiveness of amplification for infants and children can be mediated by how much the child uses the device. Existing research suggests that establishing hearing aid use can be challenging. A wide range of factors can influence hearing aid use in children, including the child's age, degree of hearing loss, ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2015
Understanding Limited Use of Amplification in Infants and Children Who Are Hard of Hearing
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ryan W. McCreery
    Perception and Cognition Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Elizabeth A. Walker
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Meredith Spratford
    Perception and Cognition Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Disclosures: Financial: This work was support by grants from NIH-NIDCD (R01DC013591, R01DC009560).
    Disclosures: Financial: This work was support by grants from NIH-NIDCD (R01DC013591, R01DC009560).×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of the data were presented at the ASHA 2014 Convention.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of the data were presented at the ASHA 2014 Convention.×
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Article   |   April 01, 2015
Understanding Limited Use of Amplification in Infants and Children Who Are Hard of Hearing
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, April 2015, Vol. 25, 15-23. doi:10.1044/hhdc25.1.15
History: Received December 8, 2014 , Revised January 23, 2015 , Accepted February 3, 2015
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, April 2015, Vol. 25, 15-23. doi:10.1044/hhdc25.1.15
History: Received December 8, 2014; Revised January 23, 2015; Accepted February 3, 2015

The effectiveness of amplification for infants and children can be mediated by how much the child uses the device. Existing research suggests that establishing hearing aid use can be challenging. A wide range of factors can influence hearing aid use in children, including the child's age, degree of hearing loss, and socioeconomic status. Audiological interventions, including using validated prescriptive approaches and verification, performing on-going training and orientation, and communicating with caregivers about hearing aid use can also increase hearing aid use by infants and children. Case examples are used to highlight the factors that influence hearing aid use. Potential management strategies and future research needs are also discussed.

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