September, 2012  

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Upcoming Events

Look for us at the 2012 ASHA Conference

Nov 15-17, 2012

Atlanta, GA:  


"OAE Hearing Screening in Early Childhood Programs"  


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 ECHO Initiative Coffee Break Webinar:  

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Hearing Loss
in Young Children


Undetected hearing loss impacts a young child's cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional development. To identify

a child's hearing loss,
an objective hearing screening is the important first step, followed by an audiological evaluation.
But what do all of those terms, for example, sensorineural and tympanometry, mean?


Tuesday, Nov. 13th
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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Tip of the Month
Get the Most from Your
OAE Equipment

There are aspects of caring for your Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening equipment  that relate to both the external and internal features of the unit.  You already know that you need to protect it from extreme heat and cold and that the probe is a delicate piece of electronics equipment that has to be handled with care.  You've learned to check the probe nozzle for wax and how to clean or exchange it for a new one as needed (depending on the type of equipment). To ensure the accuracy of results, you've also been having the equipment calibrated annually.

What you may not be aware of is that the OAE equipment is also a "computer" that runs on software/firmware.  The version of the software/firmware may appear briefly on the screen when the equipment is started.  Equipment manufacturers are always looking for ways to make the screening equipment work more efficiently.  Sometimes that requires a change in the external design of the equipment.  More frequently,  however, improvements are made in the form of the software/ firmware that runs the equipment, generates the sound stimulus and analyzes the responses coming from the inner ear.
Girl with probe What this means is that you may not need to buy new equipment in order to benefit from improvements.  When you purchase equipment,  software/firmware updates are often included in the purchase price.  Although some manufacturers may send out notification when updates are available, you should not count on that.  Check annually with your equipment manufacturer or vendor to make sure that you are running the latest version of the firmware/software so that you are getting the most from your screening unit. 
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Have you checked with your equipment manufacturer or vendor to find out if you are running the most current firmware/software?   If you have questions or comments, submit them to us at: 


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Probes and Tips is a newsletter from the ECHO Initiative that provides monthly TIPS

to enhance early childhood hearing screening and follow-up practices and PROBES

 about current activities so we can learn from one another's successes and challenges.