Best Practices for Verifying Hearing Aid Fittings

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Experience Overview

In this webinar, we will review best practices related to hearing aid fittings in infants and young children, which is needed to ensure optimal access to speech for the development of listening and spoken language.  We will review prescriptive methods, verification via Real Ear Measurements (REM), use of the Speech Intelligibility Index (SII), and outcomes assessment including speech perception, soundfield testing, and coordination with other professionals.

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Experience Details

Dates

The webinar is held on Tuesday December 7 from 8-9pm ET.

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 1 CEU from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 0.1 CEU from the American Academy of Audiology.

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Jace Wolfe Ph.D., CCC-A

Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology and Research at the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City, OK. He is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Audiology Department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Salus University. He is currently a co-editor for the Plural Publishing, Inc. Core Clinical Concept Series on Cochlear Implants and serves on the Editorial Board of The Hearing Journal. Dr. Wolfe is a member of the Better Hearing Institute’s Pediatric Advisory Board and the Audiology Advisory Boards for Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics, and Phonak. Dr. Wolfe has published numerous book chapters and articles in professional peer-reviewed and trade journals. He is author and co-author of major textbooks related to cochlear implants and pediatric audiology, respectively. His areas of interest both clinically and in a research capacity include, among others, pediatric amplification and cochlear implantation, personal remote microphone technology, and signal processing for children.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Wolfe is a full time employee of Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, OK. He also receives compensation from Hearing First for the facilitation of the course. Additionally, his research is occasionally funded by Phonak and Cochlear Americas, but information presented in this Learning Experience was not funded by these manufacturers.

Non-financial Disclosures: Dr. Wolfe is a member of ASHA and on the audiology advisory boards of Cochlear Americas and Phonak.

Learning Structure

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Learning Objectives

  • List the advantages of using real ear measurements to verify hearing aid fittings for infants and young children.
  • Explain the Speech Intelligibility Index and how it can be used to evaluate hearing aid settings.
  • Describe ways they can apply best practices for pediatric hearing aid fittings to their work with young children.

CEUs and Participating

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for this learning experience. Although there’s no cost to you as a participant to register for this course or CEU credits, your full commitment to participate and engage in the learning is considered your contribution.

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Hearing First is approved by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®.

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Hearing First is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

How to Earn CEUs

Learners can earn 1 CEU from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 0.1 CEU from the American Academy of Audiology for this course. 

The requirements for earning CE credits are as follows: 

  • Participate in the full live session in Adobe Connect. The link will be available on the course homepage on the day of the live session.
    • Use a tablet, desktop or laptop computer, not your mobile device.
    • Test your connection and sign in early. The Adobe Connect room opens 20 minutes before the live session starts.
    • Use the chat feature. If you have connectivity or tracking issues, this serves as our only other record of your attendance in the Adobe Connect live session. You’ll need to:
      • Introduce yourself in the chat once you login
      • Participate in all questions and polls during the session
      • Add your name to chat before signing out when the session ends
  • Complete the self-assessment and course evaluation survey within 2 weeks. The link is emailed the day after the final live session. You may return to the course homepage to access the link. Surveys will not be accepted after the 2-week deadline.
  • After completing the survey you’ll receive an email with a link to the course homepage to download a customized Certificate of Completion
  • Learners who request CE credits but do not complete all course requirements will receive an email communication at the end of the course. No partial credit will be awarded.

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