Effects of an Intervention Designed to Increase Toddlers' Hearing Aid Use

Sophie E. Ambrose, Margo Appenzeller, Sarah Al-Salim, Ann P. Kaiser

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of Ears On, an intervention designed to increase toddlers' use of hearing devices. A single-case, multiple-baseline design across participants was used with three parent-child dyads who demonstrated low hearing aid use despite enrollment in traditional early intervention services. Data logging technology was used to objectively measure hearing aid use. A functional relationship was identified between participation in the intervention and the number of hours children utilized their hearing aids. Two dyads met the criterion set for completing the intervention: an average of 8 hr of daily hearing aid use. One dyad did not reach this criterion but did meet the parent's goal of full-time use in the child's educational setting. For all dyads, increases in use were maintained 1 month after completion of the intervention. Findings support use of this short-term, intensive, individualized intervention to improve hearing aid use for toddlers with hearing loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of deaf studies and deaf education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 3 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Speech and Hearing

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