Child Hearing Services
Child Hearing Services (CHS) provides treatment for hearing-impaired infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children and their families. Special emphasis is placed on early intervention and family education/counseling. The comprehensive program incorporates audiological services, communication evaluations, and aural rehabilitation services. The objectives of this program are to develop spoken language skills through listening and for each child to have speech/language, social and academic skills commensurate with their peers.
Currently there are 4 professionals (one with dual certification in audiology and speech pathology, and three speech-language pathologists) providing services in CHS. Our philosophy is predominately Auditory-Oral, however, depending on the needs of the children and the choices of their families, an Auditory Verbal model is also offered. Ninety- five percent of the children enrolled in weekly treatment are successful aural-oral communicators. For the families choosing a Total Communication philosophy, the use of Signed English is also an option in treatment.
Currently, CHS provides services for 65-75 children on a weekly basis with over half of those enrolled utilizing one or two cochlear implants. The children range in age from Birth to 21 years of age with most children being between Birth-10 years of age.
CHS offers group and/or individual treatment. We encourage participation in a mainstream setting in addition to services provided at our Center. The CHS staff provides collaborative professional trainings and in-services to teachers and other professionals involved with the children in the mainstream.
Velvet Buehler is an Authorized Trainer for the Network of Educators of Children with Cochlear Implants (NECCI). The CHS staff serves on two area cochlear implant teams and we provide the pre- and post-cochlear implant evaluations, mapping/programming of cochlear implants, and post cochlear implant treatment. The CHS staff collaborates with the following cochlear implant surgeons in Knoxville:
John Little, M.D.
Children’s Hospital Medical Office Building
2100 Clinch Avenue, Suite 410
Knoxville, TN 37916
William Merwin, M.D.
11201 West Point Drive, Suite 103
Knoxville, TN 37923
Our program also serves as a practicum site for graduate students obtaining the Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) and the Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. The graduate students may elect to apply for an Aural Rehabilitation Concentration Certificate which requires completing two extra courses related to aural rehabilitation and obtaining over 130 clock hours of practicum experiences in Child Hearing Services. The students selected for the Concentration obtain extensive experiences providing services to children with hearing-impairment and their families. This Concentration will enable the students to pursue employment in various settings in the areas of aural rehabilitation/cochlear implants and to pursue Auditory Verbal Certification in the future, if so desired.