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Permanent Childhood Hearing Loss
Hearing Assistive Technology Systems (HATS) Treatment



External Scientific Evidence

Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines
New York State Department of Health, Early Intervention Program; U.S. Department of Education

Clinical Practice Guideline: Report of the Recommendations. Hearing Loss, Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)
New York State Department of Health, Early Intervention Program. (2007).
Albany (NY): NYS Department of Health, Publication No. 4967, 354 pages.
Added: July 2012

This evidence-based and consensus-based guideline provides recommendations for the assessment and intervention of hearing loss for young children ages birth to three. The guideline targets parents and professionals. Recommendations of interest to audiologists and speech-language pathologists include screening, assessment, and management of hearing and assessment of communication. Each recommendation is provided with a strength of evidence rating defined as Level A (strong evidence), Level B (moderate evidence), Level C (limited evidence), Level D1 (consensus panel opinion based on topics where a systematic review has been conducted), and Level D2 (consensus panel opinion not based on findings from a systematic review).


  • Children not demonstrating development in communication or auditory skills should undergo a reassessment of the amplification device fitting. Alternative assistive devices (e.g., FM systems, cochlear implant) may need to be considered (Level D2 Evidence).

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Evidence-Based Systematic Reviews
No evidence-based systematic reviews were found.

Clinical Expertise/Expert Opinion

Consensus Guidelines
No consensus guidelines were found.

Client/Patient/Caregiver Perspectives

No information was found pertaining to client/patient/caregiver perspectives.

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