Investigators: Dave Gordey, PhD Candidate, Oticon A/S; Cheryl De Conde Johnson, Ed.D., ADEvantage Consulting.
Dear School-Based Hearing Professional,
The life experience of students with hearing loss has changed dramatically in the past ten years. Instrumental to that change was the mandate and intent to implement universal newborn hearing screening in North America and provide appropriate intervention services for those identified with hearing loss by six months of age (Yoshinaga-Itano, 2004). Recently, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) updated its pediatric amplification guidelines to include children with aidable unilateral hearing loss (UHL). The guideline provides guidance to audiologists on the provision of hearing technology to infants and children with unilateral hearing loss.
There is no way to predict which children with UHL will experience academic, speech-language, and social-emotional difficulties (McKay, Gravel, and Tharpe, 2008). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this has led to some uncertainty from school-based hearing professionals on how to manage children with UHL. Our aim with this survey is to understand your district and/or school policy on services for children with UHL, what your actual service delivery is, and your wish list for additional services. We are optimistic that this work could provide a forum for information sharing and discussion on how best to manage students with UHL.
When completing this anonymous survey, think about your student(s) unilateral hearing loss who have typical cognitive development that you have supported and/or consulted to in your schools. Please provide your general perceptions of these experiences when answering the questions below. For this survey we are not including students with developmental and physical challenges.
For the purposes of our survey, unilateral hearing loss (UHL) is defined as children with a permanent hearing loss in one ear. This hearing loss could be mild to profound, and can be conductive, mixed or sensorineural.
If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. As we will not be collecting any personal identifiers within the survey, your anonymity will be preserved throughout the study. No known risks are foreseen to be associated with your participation in this study.
A summary of the survey results will be shared and distributed via webinar, conference presentations and publications.