Audiology in Brief A new ASHA policy document that provides guidance for audiologists counseling families of young children with hearing loss is now available on ASHA’s Web site. The document, Guidelines for Audiologists Providing Informational and Adjustment Counseling to Families of Infants and Young Children With Hearing Loss Birth to 5 Years ... News in Brief
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Audiology in Brief
The ASHA Leader, April 2008, Vol. 13, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB.13052008.5
The ASHA Leader, April 2008, Vol. 13, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB.13052008.5
New Pediatric Guidelines
A new ASHA policy document that provides guidance for audiologists counseling families of young children with hearing loss is now available on ASHA’s Web site. The document, Guidelines for Audiologists Providing Informational and Adjustment Counseling to Families of Infants and Young Children With Hearing Loss Birth to 5 Years of Age, is available online.
The guidelines spell out specific procedures and protocols for serving young children with hearing loss in all settings and underscore audiologists’ key role in providing family-focused counseling in the delivery of pediatric audiology services.
The document, developed by an ASHA working group, was approved by the ASHA Board of Directors in February 2008. Members of the working group were Allan O. Diefendorf (chair), Judith S. Gravel, David M. Luterman, Noel D. Matkin, Amy McConkey Robbins, Anne Marie Tharpe, and Pam Mason (ex officio). Roberta Aungst, vice president for professional practice in audiology (2004–2006), and Gwendolyn Wilson, vice president for professional practice in audiology (2007–2009), served as monitoring vice presidents. For more information, contact Pam Mason at pmason@asha.org.
Wisconsin Bill Would Mandate Hearing Device Coverage
A bill (A.B. 133) in the Wisconsin legislature would mandate insurance coverage for hearing aids and cochlear implants for children under age 11 who are hard of hearing and deaf. The bill passed unanimously in the state Senate; more than 100 people, including parents of children with hearing loss and representatives of businesses affected by the mandate, testified at a February public hearing.
The average one-time out-of-pocket expense is more than $4,000, as reported by Channel 15 news. The Wisconsin Assembly could vote on the bill before the session ends.
Zebrafish Aids Hearing Science
A small striped fish is helping scientists understand what makes people susceptible to a common form of hearing loss, although it’s not the fish’s ears that are of interest. In a study published in the Feb. 29 issue of the journal PLoS Genetics, researchers at the University of Washington have developed a research method that relies on the zebrafish’s lateral line—the faint line running down each side of a fish that enables it to sense its surroundings—to screen for genes and chemical compounds that provide protection from hearing loss due to ototoxicity.
“The fish’s lateral line contains sensory cells that are functionally similar to those found in the inner ear, except these are on the surface of the fish’s body, making them more easily accessible,” said James F. Battey, Jr., director of the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. “This means that scientists can very efficiently analyze the sensory structures under different conditions to find out what is likely to cause damage to these structures and, conversely, what can protect them from damage.”
The authors suggest that their research technique, which combines chemical screening with traditional genetic approaches, offers a fast and efficient way to identify potential drugs and drug targets that may one day provide therapies for people with hearing loss and balance disorders. For an abstract of the study, visit PLoS Genetics.
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