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Trends Amplif. 2008 Mar;12(1):35-41. doi: 10.1177/1084713807312172.

Early intervention for children with unilateral and mild bilateral degrees of hearing loss.

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  • 1McKing Consulting Corporation, Consultant for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Lexington, South Carolina, USA.

Abstract

Some children with unilateral hearing loss or mild bilateral hearing loss are at risk for developmental delays, educational difficulties, and other adverse effects. However, these children face several challenges in receiving services that can prevent such problems. Many do not meet existing eligibility requirements for early intervention services in their state. Information disseminated to professionals and parents often does not convey the significance of unilateral and mild bilateral hearing loss. Some professionals indicate that there are insufficient guidelines defining appropriate intervention services for these children. Factors that influence developmental outcomes in this population are not well understood, making it difficult to determine which children can benefit from intervention services. Additional data are needed about how to minimize or prevent adverse outcomes in these children. This article presents suggestions for intervention and future research that were developed by participants of the 2005 National Workshop on Mild and Unilateral Hearing Loss.

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