Tracking OAE Outcomes and Next Steps Need Not be Messy:
Check out our new, simplified tracking tool!
Keeping track of Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening and follow-up outcomes can be messy if you don't have a reliable tracking system in place!
Program Coordinators and
|Some things ARE messy, but tracking need not be!|
screeners need to be able to easily identify:
a) which children have passed the screening on both ears and completed the screening process;
b) which children did not pass the screening and what specific follow up step is next;
c) whether the initial OAE pass/ refer rate is within acceptable limits.
Most generic data systems do not allow users to record multi-step OAE screening outcomes; consequently, screeners and program managers can frequently lose track of where children are in the screening/diagnostic process. In a recent study of Early Head Start OAE screening programs, it was found that approximately 40% of the children who did not pass the initial OAE screening exited the program without receiving the subsequent assessment or treatment they needed. Many of these children could have been better served if programs had been able to complete the follow-up steps in a timely way.
To address this problem, the ECHO Initiative recently updated the tracking resources that are available for early childhood programs conducting OAE screening. The new tool is a simple-to-use, pre-formatted Excel spreadsheet that includes all of the steps in the OAE screening and follow-up protocol. Program Coordinators and screeners can see at a glance which children have completed the screening process, which children have not, and what the next steps are for those still in process.
The new, simplified OAE Screening and Diagnostic Log
is now available, free of charge, along with instructions and a 3-part, 20 minute tutorial on how to use this tracking tool.