May 24, 2021 - Unilateral Hearing Loss Webinar

Hearing Loss Poster: Unilateral hearing loss is when we have reduced or no hearing in one ear.
Students who have unilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in one year) may have problems in school and community settings. This is especially true if the child also has visual impairments. Often the impact on educational success from this type of hearing loss is overlooked or underestimated. Learn more about this type of hearing loss by joining the Coffee Hour webinar on June 3, 2021.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Central Time)
Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children – What do We know and Where do We Go? (WREIC Session)
Presenter: Dawna E. Lewis PhD
Since the mid 1980s, numerous studies have shown that school-age children with unilateral hearing loss (UHL) may experience difficulties in a variety of areas that can affect communication access and academic performance. However, findings across studies are not always straightforward, with some studies suggesting that children with UHL may experience few difficulties specifically associated with their hearing loss when compared to peers with normal hearing. These conflicting observations complicate efforts to ensure the educational and audiological needs of children with UHL are met. For children with UHL, there also currently is no broad consensus regarding if and when amplification should be used and what amplification options are appropriate for this population.
This presentation will address research regarding children with UHL, including the difficulties they may experience in complex acoustic environments. We also will address amplification options available for children with UHL, what research tells us about those options, and current recommendations for use.