Semin Hear 2021; 42(02): 098-106
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1731690
Review Article

Management of Auditory Processing Difficulties Virtually: A Case Study

Virginia Amy Milne
1  Department of Audiology, Metropolitan ENT, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise is a common complaint heard by audiologists. This can be accompanied by additional difficulty in classrooms and other difficult listening situations. This was recently exacerbated by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) shutdowns and the accompanying mask usage and virtual meetings. This article describes one such patient seen during the recent shutdown. This patient reported difficulty hearing during her college coursework for her music performance major. She was an established otology patient with an extensive middle ear history including multiple surgeries. During the shutdown, she virtually consulted with the auditory processing disorders clinic at the recommendation of her otologist to discuss her college-related difficulty and pursue educational accommodations. Challenges and solutions for seeing this patient and other, similar patients virtually are discussed as well as a review of how this patient proceeded and how the knowledge gained from this patient could apply to others with similar concerns.

Publication History

Publication Date:
02 August 2021 (online)

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