MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)


3/03/2021  |   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Among Children with Craniofacial Anomalies   |  Virtual Platform

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Among Children with Craniofacial Anomalies

In the United States, craniofacial anomalies (CFA) occur in nearly 1 per 1600 infants (World Health Organization [WHO], 2001). CFA are congenital deformations of one or more parts of the face or head and are often syndromic (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons [AAOMS], 2018). The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH, 2019) lists CFA as a risk factor for hearing loss among children (Meyer, Witte, Hildmann, et al., 1999; Beswick, Driscoll, Kei, Khan, & Glennon, 2013; Yelverton, Dominguez, Chapman, Wang, Pandya, & Dodson, 2013; Giordano, Ortore, D’Ecclesia, et al., 2014). Understanding the hearing-related challenges among children with CFA is an important component for informing clinical practice surrounding the delivery of service for this population. Early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) is key to optimizing the language development for children who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH), regardless of the communication modality chosen by the family (Yoshinaga-Itano, 2004; Nelson, Bougatsos, & Nygren, 2008; White, Forsman, Eichwald, & Muñoz, 2010). Among children who have CFA, achieving timely EHDI may be difficult given the often-complex medical concerns (e.g., breathing, feeding) that can take precedent; although, to date no research exists to support this speculation. Delayed EDHI can jeopardize children’s access communication, a basic human right, resulting in long-term consequences, including poor academic and social outcomes (Botting & Conti-Ramsden, 2008; Johnson, Beitchman, & Brownlie, 2010; Aro, Eklund, Nurmi, & Poikkeus, 2012; Malesa, Foss-Feig, Yoder, Warren, Walden, & Stone, 2013). Currently, a scant amount of research exists to describe the prevalence of hearing loss among children with CFA as well as to describe the trending time frame for EHDI. Recently, data were collected to answer, in part, these research questions. The proposed presentation would aim to disseminate these findings and discuss implications for clinical practice.

  • Describe the prevalence of hearing loss among children with craniofacial anomalies
  • Describe the trending time frame for EHDI milestones among children with craniofacial anomalies
  • Describe the relationships between delayed EHDI milestones and variables affecting children with craniofacial anomalies.

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JJ Whicker (), Primary Children's Hospital, jj.whicker@imail.org;
John (J.J.) Whicker is a pediatric audiologist and clinical researcher at Primary Children’s Hospital His research lines focus on the impacts and implications for patient- and family-centered delivery models for audiology, the quality of school-to-work transition for youth with hearing loss, and the impact to hearing care when children have multiple disabilities.


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No relevant financial relationship exist.

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