Download UHL Consensus Practice Parameter
We are dedicated to advancing the treatment approach for UHL, so every child has the best chance to succeed in life. For this reason, we have developed a number of dedicated solutions, proven to improve kids’ access to speech, even in challenging environments, for all ages and all hearing losses.
It is estimated that up to 6.3%1, or 4.4 million children2, in the United States are living with UHL.
Hearing well in a multitude of situations can be particularly challenging for kids with UHL. Having solutions which allow them to fully participate and are capable to keeping up with their active lives is essential to their overall sense of well-being in and outside the classroom.
Untreated UHL may result in language delays and academic difficulties, but may also cause a child to suffer from fatigue, feel withdrawn or leave them susceptible to a greater risk of social and emotional difficulties.
These effects are signficant for the 1 in 1000 newborns identified with UHL5 and the 3 in 100 children who have UHL once they are school-aged.6
As there are many considerations in choosing the right hearing technology or multiple technologies for any child with UHL as they grow, Phonak offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use portfolio of hearing solutions.
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In an effort to advance the treatment approach for UHL, Phonak brought together an international panel of experts to discuss best practices. They made the following recommendations for children with UHL:
Bagatto, M. et al., 2018
Smith, C. and Drexler, J., 2018
Rance, G., 2018
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1 Ross, D.S., Visser, S.N., Holstrum, W.J., Qin, T, & Kenneson, A. (2010). Highly variable population-based prevalence rates of unilateral hearing loss after the application of common case definitions. Ear and Hearing. 31(1): 126-133. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0b013e3181bb69db
2 Central Intelligence Agency. (2017). The World Factbook. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html, accessed May 23rd, 2018.
3 Bess, F.H. & Tharpe, A.M. (1986). Case history data on unilaterally hearing-impaired children. Ear and Hearing, 7, 14-19.
4 Oyler, R.F., Oyler, A.L., & Matkin, N.D. (1988). Unilateral hearing loss: demographics and educational impact. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. 19, 201–210. https://doi.org/10.1044/0161-1461.1902.201
5 Prieve, B., Dalzell, L., Berg, A., Bradley, M., Cacace, A., Campbell, D. , DeCristofaro, J., Gravel, J., Greenberg, E., Gross, S., Orlando, M., Pinheiro, J., Regan, J., Spivak, L., & Stevens, F. (2000). The New York State universal newborn hearing screening demonstration project: Outpatient outcome measures. Ear and Hearing, 21 (2), 104–117.
6 Bess, F. H., Dodd-Murphy, J., & Parker, R. A. (1998). Children with minimal sensorineural hearing loss: prevalence, educational performance, and functional status. Ear and Hearing, 19(5), 339–354.
7 Bagatto, M., DesGeorges, J., King, A., Kitterick, P., Laurnagaray, D., Lewis, S.,…Tharpe, A.M. (2018). Quick Practice Guideline - Tools and considerations for assessing and managing unilateral hearing loss in children. Retrieved from www.phonakpro.com/evidence, accessed May 23rd, 2018.