The purpose of this study was to investigate the hearing technology knowledge of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) currently working in public elementary schools in the states of Michigan and Ohio. A total of 95 randomly chosen SLPs completed an online survey regarding their hearing technology training, their perceptions of the need for this type of training, and their clinical experiences working with hearing technology in educational settings. The types of hearing technology included hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM/Infrared (IR) systems. Overall, participants reported a lack of sufficient hearing technology training and low comfort levels with performing hearing technology tasks, such as changing the battery in a hearing aid or troubleshooting a cochlear implant. These findings suggest a need for a revision of graduate curricula to include more hands-on training and experience with hearing technology to support the growing number of students who use such technology in schools.
Kobylas, Marissa M., "Is This Thing On? An Investigation of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge of Hearing Technology" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7151.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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