Audiologists who handle adult cases may not have the special skills necessary to see pediatric patients, says School of Health Professions Dean Patricia Chute, Ed.D. in the cover story of the November issue of The Hearing Journal.
“Some of the things you do with adults can translate to children, but much of it cannot,” says Chute, an expert in the audiology field. “Fitting a hearing aid on a 25-year-old is very different than fitting an aid on a one-year-old. One of them can tell you what he hears while with the other one, you have to observe and get feedback from parents.”
In “Pediatric Audiologist Shortage Leaves Providers Searching for a Solution,” Chute adds that teleaudiology may help some pediatric patients who don’t have access to a specialist. Yet, she adds, adequate time counseling parents is paramount if telerehabilitation is to be successful.