Ryan McCreery, Ph.D.Keynote Speaker

    Vice President of Research
    Boys Town National Research Hospital (United States)

    Ryan McCreery is the Vice President of Research at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Ryan’s research seeks to optimize hearing aid benefit for children with mild to severe hearing loss using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging research methods.

    Fueling Spoken Language Development through Auditory Access

    Until recently, much of how we describe hearing loss and device benefit for children with hearing loss has been based on the audiogram. We know that the audiogram is an important part of the medical evaluation of hearing loss, but the audiogram has limited ability to help us understand how children with hearing loss can listen and understand in everyday listening environments. In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of documenting speech audibility—with and without devices—for children with hearing loss. Research on the importance of speech audibility for spoken language, auditory, and cognitive development will be reviewed.

    By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

    1. 1. Describe the differences between speech audibility and the audiogram.
    2. 2. Implement audibility-based counseling for children and families with hearing loss.
    3. 3. Apply audibility-based outcomes to hearing aid fitting for children with hearing loss.
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