2023 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference

March 5-7, 2023 • Cincinnati, OH


3/14/2022  |   1:15 PM - 1:45 PM   |  What’s New? Aligning Practice to Research (finally!) to Support Children with Microtia Atresia   |  Room 11

What’s New? Aligning Practice to Research (finally!) to Support Children with Microtia Atresia

A frustration for professionals and parents alike has been a lack of research to inform practice in the area of supporting young children with conductive hearing loss secondary to microtia/atresia. The overwhelming number of studies on microtia/atresia are related to surgical outcomes and/or adults, not on infants and toddlers with microtia/atresia, EHDI experiences, or language outcomes. This has left families and professionals without information or with having to interpret information from an adjacent population to inform decision making processes. Over the last few years, though, more research has been done on this population of children or related to their needs. This presentation will review recent research and guidance related to fitting guidelines and amplification benefits, speech development considerations, psychosocial development and other topics and then discuss practical uses of these studies for supporting children and their families and implications for systems and professionals.

  • Participants will describe gaps in research related to young children with microtia/atresia prior to being surgical candidates
  • Participants will identify important findings from recent research related to young children with microtia/atresia.
  • Participants will apply findings from recent research to supporting children/families,, the EHDI system and their own practices.

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Meredith Berger (), Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, mberger@clarkeschools.org;
Meredith Berger, MS became the director of Clarke Schools for Hearing & Speech/New York, an Early Intervention and Preschool listening spoken language program, in 2008. Prior to that, she was the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Educational Specialist at New York Eye and Ear’s Ear Institute/Cochlear Implant Center. She received a B.S. in Education from SUNY at Buffalo State College and master’s degrees in Deaf Education and in Educational Leadership from Canisius College. In addition to presenting on the educational needs of children with hearing loss, she has also co-authored pieces on the Clinic-School relationship. Meredith is on the Executive Board of Option Schools as a Director at Large and is member of the Children's Hearing Institute Medical and Educational Advisory Board. In 2017, Meredith began her doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University to find answers to her own questions on the needs/outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, particularly those with microtia/atresia, and their families.


Financial -
• Receives Salary for Employment from Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.

Nonfinancial -
• Has a Professional (advisory committee member) relationship for Volunteer membership on advisory committee or review panels.
• Has a Professional (board member) relationship for Board membership.
• Has a Personal (parent of a child with microtia/atresia) relationship for Other volunteer activities.