2024 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference

March 17-19, 2024 • Denver, CO


3/11/2020  |   8:30 AM - 11:00 AM   |  Determining Auditory Potential> How do I know if Hearing aids are enough?   |  Empire A

Determining Auditory Potential> How do I know if Hearing aids are enough?

If adequate spoken language progress is going to be made in the first few years of life, intervention teams must utilize meaningful ways to estimate a child’s hearing potential and guide families to take appropriate action as the child is first learning to listen. This presentation will present an innovative and simple informal assessment approach that captures meaningful data on hearing potential using typical materials in 20 minutes or less.

  • Contrast the difference between audibility and clarity of speech
  • Analyze a deaf and/or hard-of-hearing baby’s, toddler’s and preschooler’s listening and speech behaviors
  • Generate an objective discussion with intervention team members to facilitate appropriate action

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Michael Douglas (), MED-EL, Michael.douglas@medel.com;
Michael is a speech-language pathologist and a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. He received his certification in auditory-verbal therapy in 2002. He has focused his career on teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak in various settings including early childhood programs, schools, hospitals, private practice, and cochlear implant centers. Michael served as the Director of the Speech Clinic and Director of Intervention Services at the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, TX from 2005 to 2012. He was an adjunct instructor at The University of Houston from 2010 to 2012. He served as the Principal of the Mama Lere Hearing School in the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN between 2012 and 2016. Currently he is an employee of Med-El as a Consumer Engagement Program Manager. He is the author of Dual-Language Learning for Children with Hearing Loss.


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