When hearing loss occurs with multiple disabilities

Jackson Roush, Meredith A. Holcomb, Patricia A. Roush, Maria Luisa Escolar

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Many deaf and hard-of-hearing children have, in addition to hearing loss, one or more conditions that result in multiple disabilities. The most prevalent conditions that co-occur with hearing loss are learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, attention disorders, visual impairment, and cerebral palsy. In this article we examine these conditions and their implications for audiologic management, including assessment of hearing, selection and fitting of hearing aids, and clinical application of various hearing technologies. The need for specialized medical management is considered along with the role of the pediatrician and medical home. Also considered are issues relevant to educational placement, assessment, and intervention by professionals from multiple disciplines, and parent-professional communication. The article concludes with the personal perspective of a parent whose child experienced severe illness at birth and now has multiple disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-345
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Hearing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Hearing loss
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Pediatric assessment and intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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