November, 2013   

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Upcoming Events

ECHO Initiative
Follow-up Webinar

for Previously Trained
EHS Programs:

Tuesday, Nov. 12th
12:00 p.m. EST

Please plan to join us to share your experiences and ask questions on working more effectively with the hearing screening protocol.

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At the 2013 American
Hearing Association
Annual Convention
Chicago, IL

November 15, 2013
5:00 - 6:00 pm

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ECHO Initiative
Introductory Webinar
for EHS Programs:

Tuesday, Nov. 19th
12:00 p.m. EST

Please plan to join us to
get acquainted with OAE screening, and learn about establishing an effective hearing screening protocol
for your program

Register Here

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OAE Screening? 

If your program is new to OAE screening,
or if you have added new staff who need
instruction on OAE
screening practices,
visit our
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modules and access the corresponding

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Tip of the Month
Next Steps for Children Not      Passing the Hearing Screening    

Many of you have recently completed an annual Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening of all  children enrolled in your program. ThFinger puppetsis is a critical service that not all young children across the country  receive.    


Based on data from a large number of Early Head Start programs that are successfully screening, we would expect that about 75% of children in any given program would pass the screening on both ears on the first attempt.  An additional number would be expected to pass the rescreen conducted 1 - 2 weeks later. 


What that means is that about 8% of the total number of children screened will need to be referred to a health care provider to determine if a middle ear condition is interfering with the screeningTake a look at some sample letter to health care providers to help you communicate with professionals who will be examining these children.  For ideas about what to say to parents, both for children who passed the screening and for those who did not, view sample scripts that provide examples of how to convey screening outcomes in a variety of situations.  


Also be sure that you take the vital step of obtaining information from the health care provider on the outcome of the referral so that you know when the middle ear is clear and you can attempt another screening.  If a child does not pass this screening, referral to a pediatric audiologist must be made and completed.  Children who have not passed the OAE screening on multiple attempts are at high risk for permanent hearing loss.  Each day matters and the sooner a diagnostic assessment can be made, and appropriate intervention begun, the greater the chance children who are deaf or hard of hearing will be able to develop normally.   

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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.