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Pediatric Grand Rounds (.2 CEUs)
Recorded March 22, 2012

Duration: 2 hours

Presenter: Lisa L. Hunter, PhD; Ryan McCreery, PhD; Gail Padish Clarin, AuD and Eileen Rall, AuD

CEUs: .2

Who Should Attend:  Audiologists, and Audiology Students

Level:  Instructional
Program Focus: Knowledge and Skills

Learner Outcomes:   
Upon completion, each participant in the Web seminar will be able to:
1. Describe sensory and cognitive effects on auditory processing disorder.
2. Define the impact attention deficits have on auditory processing tests.
3. Determine the maximum audible frequency using standard hearing aid verification measures.  
4. Use evidence-based outcome measures to validate pediatric hearing aid fittings using frequency lowering.
5. Describe strategies for testing autistic patients.
6. Describe amplification considerations/strategies for autistic patients.
7. List the steps in the verification process for pediatric amplification
8. Describe strategies for reducing test anxiety in pediatric patients

This grand rounds eAudiology Web seminar will include presentations by four professionals experienced in Pediatric Audiology:
1)  Audiologists who receive referrals for children with poorly-defined listening problems are often at a loss to distinguish between these disorders.  Assessment with and without stimulant medication may be beneficial.  This case will describe the impact attention deficits have on auditory processing tests.

2)  Frequency lowering signal processing provides new opportunities to extend the bandwidth that is audible to hearing impaired HA users.  However, little is known about how to optimize frequency lowering settings for children.  This case study will highlight the verification and validation process with frequency lowering.

3)  The case of an autistic adolescent will be presented, including barriers experienced in case management to confirm a significant hearing loss.  Specific testing and amplification strategies will be reviewed.

4)  This case study will review the management strategies utilized with a patient with Treacher Collins Syndrome.  Management strategies including technology as well as counseling will be discussed. 

Meet the Presenter   

Lisa Hunter, PhD is Director of the Audiology Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Affiliated Associate Professor of Otolaryngology. Her interests are in auditory processing disorder and early intervention.  She is the principle investigator of a National Institutes of Health project on Newborn Hearing Screening and Diagnosis, and has completed several research grants in Otitis Media and Hearing Loss in Children. She has authored over 60 publications on otitis media, pediatric audiology and diagnostic audiology, and has given over 120 national and international presentations. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology.

Ryan McCreery, PhD is the Associate Director of Audiology Services at Boys Town National Research Hospital.  His research primarily focuses on the impact of hearing aid signal processing, language and cognition on speech recognition for children with hearing loss.

Gail Padish Clarin, Au.D., is a Rehabilitation Services Manager for Cardon Children's Medical Center and Banner Desert medical Center, in Mesa, AZ.  She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Audiology Department at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.  She is a Stakeholder for the Arizona Department of Public Health Newborn Hearing Screening Program.  Dr. Padish Clarin has an extensive clinical background in pediatric audiology, and has worked in educational, ENT, private practice, and hospital settings.  She has published and presented on topics related to FM in the classroom, audiological management of pediatric oncology patients, auditory neuropathy/ dys-synchrony disorder, tinnitus, and nursing care of the hearing impaired patient.  Her clinical interests include pediatric audiology and the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing patients in the medical setting.

Eileen Rall, AuD has been an audiologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1995. She received her M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and an Au.D. from CMU/VUBWC.    Along with clinical responsibilities at the CCC, Eileen coordinates CHOP's Assessment and Treatment Implementation Program for Infants and toddlers with Hearing Loss - Enhancing Rehabilitation "CATIPIHLER." Before working at CHOP, Eileen was an audiologist in both a general hospital setting and in a private ENT practice.    In addition to working at CHOP, Eileen is an adjunct faculty member at the George S. Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University (formerly - The Pennsylvania College of Optometry). Eileen currently participates in all aspects of patient care within the department but has a special interest in pediatric amplification and supporting psychosocial development of children with hearing loss

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