Graduate students in the NIU Department of Communicative Disorders participate in last week's Pediatric Audiology Workshop.
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Contact: Karen Muñoz, NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
August 22, 2006
DeKalb — An estimated three babies per 1,000 births are born with permanent hearing loss.
Meanwhile, there has been a rapid increase over the past five years in the number of newborns being screened for hearing at birth, leading to a need for training to ensure this infant population receives appropriate and timely diagnosis and services.
Audiologists from across the United States participated last week in a five-day pediatric audiology workshop hosted by the Northern Illinois University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, housed in the College of Health and Human Sciences Department of Communicative Disorders. The sessions took place in the Holmes Student Center.
Workshop presenters, recognized internationally as experts in the field of audiology, provided essential knowledge and skills for audiologists to perform diagnostic testing for infants who do not pass the newborn hearing screening, as well as hearing aid selection and fitting strategies, and ongoing testing considerations specific to the pediatric population.
The educational format included readings and weekly online chats prior to coming to the workshop. During the workshop, participants attended didactic lectures and had hands-on practice with testing techniques. Following the workshop, the audiologists participate in a practicum to practice these skills with infants.
This educational opportunity which was sponsored in part by the Illinois Newborn Hearing Program and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.
Graduate students from all doctor of audiology programs in Illinois also were invited to attend the workshop. Student participation was supported by Phonak Hearing Systems, Oticon Corporation and Siemens.
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