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Children's Hearing Program

University of Miami

11. Team Approach

7. Educational Specialist

6. Social Work

5. Psychology

4. Genetics

10. Additional Experiences

3. ENT

9. Debbie Institute

2. Audiology

8. Speech Therapy/AVT

1. CHP Team


Education Specialist

Social Work

Speech Therapy/Auditory Verbal Therapy



Debbie Institute (Auditory-Oral Program)



Children's hearing program

  • 5 Pediatric Audiologists, 4 Externs
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Natural Sleep and Sedated ABRs in the OR
  • Hearing Aids
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Devices
  • Cochlear Implants
  • ABI
  • Craniofacial Clinic
  • In 2022...
    • 1,892 hearing evaluations
    • 38 psychoeducational evaluations
    • 5,548 total patient visits


  • 3 pediatric neurotologists and 1 ENT
  • Collaboration on treatment options
  • Tubes
  • Cochlear implants


  • Every child that is diagnosed with hearing loss has the option to be routed to our in-house genetics team
  • Specialize in hearing disorders


  • 2 Psychologists, 2 Externs
  • Assist in diagnostic appointments for children with behavioral issues
  • Team approach for counseling sessions
  • Cochlear implant selection process and counseling for realistic expectations
    • Audiology is removed from this process
  • On going private sessions for patients if needed
  • Help families understand their child's hearing loss and help with the grieving process if needed


  • 1 Social Worker, position is 100% funded by donations
  • Assists with immigration status
  • Insurances
  • OHAB (Oliver's Hearing Aid Bank) and Sam's Fund (CI) recipients
  • Barriers to care
    • "Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Pediatric Hearing Healthcare: A social work and audiological perspective"
  • Helps families navigate appointments when they are medically complex
  • International patients
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Provides support and assistance to families that are struggling at home

Social work

  • Advocates for children in the education system
  • Helps parents with the IEP process
  • Educates teachers on device use
  • Enforces device retention

education specialist

  • 1 trilingual SLPD on staff, in the hiring process for a second team member
  • Focuses on auditory training
  • AAC Devices
  • ASL
  • Only available to children with hearing loss

speech therapy/avt

  • Auditory Oral Program
    • Provides early educational intervention services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to seven years of age in inclusive educational classrooms with children without hearing loss.
  • Early Education Program
    • Provides early intervention services for children with developmental disabilities from birth through three years of age. Children enrolled receive early education services as well as speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. In addition, home based services are provided for children three hours per week.
  • Early Childhood Education Program
    • Provides services for children without disabilities from birth through four years of age in inclusive classrooms in either the Auditory Oral Education Program or the Early Education Program.

Debbie Institute

  • Newborn Hearing Screenings
  • Early Steps
    • Offer multidisciplinary assessments and coordinate early intervention services for infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months of age), who either have developmental delays or who have conditions that place them at risk for a significant delay.
    • Infant Toddler Developmental Specialists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Audiologists, Physicians, Psychologists, and Occupational Therapists
  • DOCS Health Fair
    • Department of Community Service
    • Members educate individuals on the importance of screening and healthy behavior modifications

Additional experiences


Explore how this patient utilized the services offered at the Children's Hearing Program

  • His House Children's Home
  • Social Work
  • Audiology
  • Psychology
  • Educational Specialist


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