Summary Hearing loss in children has been assessed traditionally with audiologic measures, such as pure tone thresholds, word recognition scores, and sound localization errors. Although the advances in hearing interventions and device development have produced enormous gains in speech and language development, audiologic outcomes do not address other aspects of child development and well-being. The child’s self-perception of disability or handicap due to using a device may affect their ability to function at school or on the playground, make friends, and influence their self-confidence. Additional effort to listen and comprehend at school may produce fatigue with cognitive tasks. These patient-reported outcomes deserve attention to nurture the development of the whole child, not just the hearing aspects.
The first part of this presentation will review some of the patient-reported outcomes that have been used to assess children with various degrees of hearing loss. The second part of the presentation will present data from an ongoing study that has used a quality of life survey in children with bilateral hearing loss using cochlear implants (CI) or CI combined with hearing aid.