August, 2014    

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ECHO Initiative 
Upcoming Events
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Live Webinars:

Mini Coffee Break Introductory
OAE Webinar:

 Planning Evidence-Based Hearing Screening Practices for Children 0-3 Years of Aage

Monday, August 25th
2:00 p.m. Eastern

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Intermediate Level
OAE Webinar:

Gearing Up for a New Screening Year

Wed., August 27th
2:00 p.m. Eastern


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 Improving OAE
Screening and Follow-up:
Intermediate Level Webinar  


Tues, Sept. 23rd
2:00 p.m. Eastern


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OAE Webinar:
Hearing Loss
in Young Children


Tues, October 21st
2:00 p.m. Eastern


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ECHO Initiative
Links to Recorded Webinars

If you've missed any of our previous webinars, you can now click on the links below to watch a recorded 
version of these webinars:

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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,  
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 where staff can view instructional video  
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Tip of the Month
Prepare Expectant Parents for   Newborn Hearing Screening   

Even before birth, most babies are able to hear voices and sounds, so newborns come into the world ready to listen and learn!  This also means it is never too early to get expectant parents thinking about their newborn's hearing.  Ask family members whether there is any family history of childhood hearing loss, and, if so, be sure this information is conveyed to the health care provider. 


Another easy step you can take can help  parents understand the importance of their baby's hearing is to provide them with the opportunity to watch an informative 6-minute video that:

  • Explains how babies learn about the world around them through hearing;  
  • Introduces parents to the two common ways that most newborns are routinely screened for hearing loss during the first few days of life, usually before leaving the hospital;  
  • Reminds parents to find out what the results of the hearing screening are;  
  • Instructs parents on what the next steps are if their baby does not pass the screening and further assessment is needed. 

The video can also serve as a valuable reminder to your program staff to be sure that a copy of the newborn screening results is obtained and included in the child's health record.  If a baby did not pass the newborn screening, it is essential that you assist the parents in taking the necessary follow-up steps.  It is also a good time to inquire whether there is any family history of childhood hearing loss.

For parents who are planning their baby's birth in a non-hospital setting, a hearing screening will need to be scheduled. You may need to help these parents find a location where the screening can occur, or you may need to provide the initial Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) screening.  For these children, make sure that you coordinate your activities with, and convey the results to, your state's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Coordinator.   


Note that the video can be streamed or downloaded, and that both a captioned and a Spanish version are also available. 

Probe of the Month
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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.