Facilitating Full-Time Hearing Aid Use in Children
Mandy, a 4-year-old girl, participated in an intervention initiative to increase hearing aid wear-time and ultimately speech and language outcomes. Mandy reportedly referred on her newborn hearing screening, bilaterally, and was referred to the clinic for diagnostic auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing. Personal medical history was unremarkable, and there was no family history of hearing loss at the time of diagnosis. Mandy was diagnosed with a moderate sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally and was fitted with clinic loaner hearing aids in March 2011, at 1 month of age, and with her own personal hearing aids in June 2011. She began auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) services immediately following the hearing aid fitting but had inconsistent attendance for both audiology and AVT appointments. The family was referred to the state’s early intervention program as an additional support, but the family was unable to commit to the program at that time. The family discontinued services in December 2011.