Semin Hear 2004; 25(4): 309-317
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-836133
Copyright © 2004 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Family-Centered Audiologic Assessment for Infants and Young Children with Hearing Loss

Judith S. Gravel1 , Cristen C. McCaughey1
  • 1Communication Sciences Program, School of the Health Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
08 November 2004 (online)

A model for family-centered audiologic assessment is proposed in which comprehensive evaluation is provided from the birth screening through all subsequent follow-up visits for the young child with hearing loss. To ensure a solid foundation for the model, it is imperative that the audiologist-family relationship is established and continued throughout the audiologic assessment process, which is ongoing during the first year of life. The model incorporates families into all phases of the pediatric audiologic assessment, recognizing the needs of the family and the unique contributions the family can make to the audiologic assessment process. It is suggested that adopting a family-centered audiologic assessment model also can reduce many of the stresses experienced by the family during the audiologic diagnostic process.


Judith S Gravel, Ph.D. 

Communication Sciences Program, Hunter College - CUNY

425 East 25th Street

New York, NY 10010

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