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Tools for Functional Hearing

by National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness on May 1, 2011
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Sensory Learning Kit (SLK)

The American Printing House for the Blind publishes the “Sensory Learning Kit” (SLK).  The SLK can be used to document responses to auditory information for children that have the most profound multiple impairments. 

Early Listening Function (ELF)

The ELF is an instrument designed to obtain an indication of the functional use of hearing in very young children.

Functional Auditory Performance Indicators (FAPI)

This instrument assesses the functional auditory skills of children with hearing loss. It can be used by parents, therapists, early interventionists and teachers.

IT-MAIS: Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale

IT-MAIS is a modification of the Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (MAIS). It is a structured interview schedule designed to assess the child’s
spontaneous responses to sound in his/her everyday environment. The assessment is based upon information provided by the child’s parent(s).

Informal Auditory Skills Inventory

Produced by the Texas state project this inventory can be used to determine what sounds the child responds to and what he does to indicate he has heard something. 

An Informal (Functional) Hearing Assessment Process

Produced by Texas School for the Blind this document describes the process of determining how a child used his or her hearing in various environments across the course of the day and helps to identify what variables support the best use of hearing in order to continuously improve the use of hearing.

Delaware Program for Deafblind Children Functional Central Auditory Processing Assessment

Observational form used to determine a childs response to sound within his or her daily environment.

Functional Hearing Screening Tool & Instructions

This tool was developed using the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ “Your Child’s Hearing Development Checklist.”

Inventory of Sounds in Home & Community Environments

This instrument comes out of the Children Who are Deaf-Blind with Cochlear Implants Study and is designed to assist parents to identifying environmental sounds that are common to individualized homes and communities. Once families have identified the sounds, they can then select a few sounds that occur frequently and that they want their child to detect via his/her cochlear implant.

A Steppingstone Guide for Young Children Who Are Deaf-Blind With Cochlear Implants: A Modality Matrix for Individualization

Designed by the Children Who are Deaf-Blind with Cochlear Implants Study, this matrix is designed to assist in developing auditory skills in children with CI who must learn that sounds have meaning.  Demonstrates pairing an auditory cue with gesture, touch or object cues. 

Pacific Deaf-Blind Project Functional Hearing Sound Bank and Instructions - Draft

The Pacific Deafblind Project created a list of environmental sounds and accompanying decibel levels along with instructions for use as a functional hearing assessment. 

Pacific Partnerships for Deaf-Blind TA Services Functional Hearing Assessment

Functional Hearing Recording form.

Oregon Deafblind Project Hearing and Cognition Screening Checklist

A series of questions to ask to determine behavior and responses related to hearing.

Typical Hearing Developmental Milestones

Typical milestones for birth to 3 years of age.  Developed by the Wisconsin Birth to Three Program.

Functional Assessment of Sensory Status of Children who are Deafblind

Produced by the New Jersey state project, this tools is based on the belief that deafness and blindness are not separate impairments when encountered in an individual but are intertwined in their effect. The existence of impairment to both auditory and visual systems reflects a cumulative rather than additive effect and this tool provides a systematic approach to assess a child’s overall sensory functioning.

Assessments for Hearing & Functioning of the Ear

A list and description of hearing assessments to determine degree of hearing loss and configuration of hearing loss as well as other tests to determine how parts of the ear are functioning. 


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