Audiological Considerations for People with Dual Sensory Loss

This course is geared towards professionals who support and work with
individuals who have a combined vision and hearing loss.  However, the
content can also be beneficial for DeafBlind consumers as well as their
family and friends.  This is a functional and practical overview of how
hearing loss and the use of hearing devices impact DeafBlind
individuals who use their residual hearing.

Topics addressed in this training include:

  • Anatomy of the ear
  • Types of hearing loss and functional implications
  • Audiological evaluations
  • How to read an audiogram
  • Hearing aids and implantable devices
  • Assistive Listening Devices (ALD’s)

Meet the presenter:

Carol Hamer has
been the audiologist at HKNC since 2002, a role that she thoroughly
enjoys.  Being able to work with individuals from vastly different
backgrounds, with all different modes of communication is both exciting
and enriching to her.  Carol visited HKNC as a graduate student in
audiology in 1984.  She was impressed with the program and was thrilled
when the position of audiologist opened up in 2002 at which
time Carol happily jumped at the opportunity.  She likes the
multi-disciplinary approach at HKNC and finds it valuable to be able to
see how individuals use their hearing in all of the different
departments, be it joining a mobility lesson on Main Street or a
technology lesson, in person or via video conferencing. Carol believes
that educating consumers about how unique their hearing needs are, as
DeafBlind individuals who use their residual hearing, is an important
part of the process so they can better advocate for themselves.  She
also appreciates being able to spend time with consumers taking them
through the audiologic evaluation, discussion of their hearing loss and
evaluation with hearing aids and assistive listening devices, when
appropriate.  During this month when we celebrate Audiology Awareness it
is important to remember the need for protecting our hearing and to go
for annual hearing evaluations.  Even a mild hearing loss is shown to
impact cognitive awareness and hearing health is  so important for
mental health for those who use their residual hearing.

ACVREP CE Hours: 1.0

Modules Included

Audiology Intro

Diversity and Anatomy

Types of Hearing Loss and Implications

Evaluation and Audiograms

Hearing Aids/Other Hearing Devices and Assistive Listening Devices

Audiology Conclusion



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Ensuring Equal Access and Participation

CRC CE Hours: 2.0
ACVREP CE Hours: 2.0