Topic Areas: Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Pediatric

Topic Chairs: Kimberly Ward

Content Area: Audiology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on all aspects of hearing, balance and tinnitus for pediatrics from diagnostics to intervention. Topics include clinical applications of physiologic and behavioral interventions for hearing, tinnitus, and dizziness/balance disorders in children, as well as advances and/or innovations in prevention, diagnostics, intervention and counseling. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to pediatric hearing, balance, and tinnitus should also be included in this topic area.


  • Basic, translational, applied, or implementation research related to assessment, intervention/rehabilitation for infants and children with hearing, tinnitus, or vestibular/balance disorders

Professional Education

  • Selection, evaluation, orientation and follow-up, electroacoustic measurements, programming and maintenance with assistive listening devices (ALDs), hearing protection devices, hearing aids, cochlear implants and other implantable devices
  • Intervention/(re)habilitation for hearing loss among infants and children, including surgical and medical management
  • Pediatric aural rehabilitation
  • Adaptive and alternative communication systems for infants and children with hearing loss and their families
  • Cerumen management in pediatric population
  • Intervention/(re)habilitation for tinnitus among children, including surgical and medical management
  • Ototoxic/vestibulotoxic monitoring programs
  • Intervention/(re)habilitation for balance/vestibular disorders among children, including surgical, medical and interprofessional management
  • Engineering/technological innovations related to intervention/(re)habilitation of hearing loss, tinnitus, or balance disorders
  • Counseling children with hearing loss, tinnitus, or balance disorders and their families
  • Models of hearing development
  • Impact of hearing loss, tinnitus, or balance disorders on children’s growth and development (e.g., psychosocial, speech and language, literacy, motor)
  • Impact of hearing loss, tinnitus, or balance disorders on family function
  • Innovative service delivery models through telecommunication technology

Related Topics

Proposals involving this population but with a primary focus on:

  • Any aspect of working with children in an educational setting—infant to school transition—who are deaf and hard of hearing should be submitted to the Listening, Language, and Speech in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing topic area.
  • Science of hearing/tinnitus/vestibular science should be submitted to the Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science topic area.
  • Any aspect of signal processing strategies or electrophysiologic measures for children with auditory implants should be submitted to the Audiology Implantables topic area.
  • Any aspect of auditory processing for children should be submitted to the Neuroaudiology/Central Auditory Processing topic area.
  • Use of telepractice in delivery of services that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.

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