This is an excellent update on childhood hearing loss. It is a comprehensive collection of five chapters, providing a summary of a broad range of practice guidelines to inform screening, diagnosis, and management of hearing loss in children. It has practical recommendations for identification and management of children with hearing loss who are at risk for listening-related fatigue with negative academic, psychological and social consequences. It has a chapter dedicated to advances in genetics of hearing loss, a current update on auditory neuropathy, and strategies to prevent medication-induced ototoxicity with possible future interventions for otoprotection. They also present a case for expansion of cochlear implant candidacy so that children with bilateral hearing loss achieve better listening and language outcomes. Vestibular dysfunction, which is a common comorbidity associated with sensorineural hearing loss, is also addressed with a practical and comprehensive approach to vestibular screening and an overview of the importance of its remediation. There is emphasis on the importance of good teamwork and a multidisciplinary approach engaging otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech-language therapists, and other related health professionals. Overall, a great read and excellent update for anyone involved in treating hearing loss in children.
All you need to know about childhood hearing loss - an update
Reviewed by Sangeeta Maini and Bhaskar Ram
Current Perspectives on Childhood Hearing Loss.
FRCS ORL-HNS, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Forresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN.View Full Profile
FRCS (EDIN) , FRCS ORL-HNS, Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Forresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN, UK.View Full Profile