Modern Audiology for Primary Care Physicians II: Children


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Course Description

What happens when you refer a child with possible hearing loss to an audiologist? This course provides a concise and practical review of current techniques used by audiologists for hearing assessment of infants and young children.

The lecture begins with a brief historical overview of the profession of audiology, with an emphasis on the development of pediatric audiology. Commonly encountered etiologies for pediatric hearing loss are reviewed. Then, each of the clinical procedures employed in the diagnostic hearing assessment of children is explained, and illustrated with diagrams and photographs. Different patterns of auditory findings for a test battery of auditory procedures are linked to the various diseases and disorders associated with pediatric hearing loss.

The lecture concludes with information on how to identify hearing loss in a physician’s office, including codes used to bill for the procedures.

This introductory pediatric course accompanied by a similar course on adult hearing assessment (Modern Audiology for Primary Care Physicians. II: Introduction to Hearing Assessment of Adults).

The course is also supplemented by other AIBEF courses, included those on the principles of diagnostic audiometry, diagnosis of infant hearing loss, and differential diagnosis of specific auditory disorders (e.g., auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder).

Learning Objectives:

  • List procedures used for hearing assessment of children
  • Describe typical auditory findings in common etiologies for pediatric hearing loss
  • Appreciate the audiologist’s role in evaluating and diagnosis hearing loss
*This course does not include a certification exam

Course Details

Presenter: James W. Hall, III, Ph.D.

James W. Hall III, Ph.D. received a Bachelor's degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree from Northwestern University and, in 1979, his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of Dr. James Jerger. Since then, he has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers, including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas Medical School-Houston, and Vanderbilt University. [more details]

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