March, 2015     

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ECHO Initiative 
Upcoming Events
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Wed., March 18, 2014 
4:00 p.m. Eastern  

Introduction to
OAE Hearing Screening

Wed., April 8, 2014
4:00 p.m. Eastern

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Look for us at the
this coming March in Louisville, KY:

Monitoring and Improving Quality of Community-based, Post-newborn Hearing Screening Practices  
Monday, March 9, 2015

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. 


Audiology 101-A: Introduction to Audiology for Non-audiologists Working in and Supporting EHDI Activities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

  11:00 -11:30 a.m.   


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Also look for us at the National Head Start Association's 42nd Annual Head Start Conference. 


 "Updating Hearing Screening Practices for Children 0-3 Years of Age"

Tuesday,  March 31st 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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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


New to 
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 
 where staff can view instructional video  
modules and access the corresponding 

Quick Links


Find more helpful hints from previous issues of

 Probes and Tips 

and many other
resources at: 

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Tip of the Month
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!!
  (Hearing Screening in the
      Zero to Three Journal)   

Many of you subscribe to the Zero to Three Journal and we'd like to draw your attention to the recent January issue and article entitled Hearing Screening Followup: Completing the Process to Identify Hearing Health Needs.  




We are pleased to share with a wide readership that children's hearing health needs can be identified and addressed when screening programs adhere to an evidence-based follow-up protocol that includes referral to health care providers and specialists. Because follow-up is key, screening is best understood and undertaken as a process rather than as a single event or activity. This makes Early Head Start providers especially well positioned for integrating hearing screening and follow-up into an overall care plan for children 0 - 3 years of age.    


Our experience in early childhood settings suggests that about 25% of children do not pass the initial Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening, so these infants/toddlers will need a second OAE screening in about two weeks. The smaller number of children who still do not pass the OAE screening will need to be seen by a health care provider who can check for treatable outer and middle ear conditions. When common problems, such as ear infections, have been resolved, an Early Head Start screener can then conduct an OAE rescreen.



Most children will pass the screening at one of the steps described above, but the few who do not must be promptly referred to a pediatric audiologist for a comprehensive evaluation. These children are at high risk for having a permanent hearing loss. Early identification and intervention is crucial in helping them develop their capacity to communicate and learn.


If this is "old news" to some of you who have been engaged in successful screening efforts for a while, please reach out to less-experienced colleagues. Encourage them to "read all about it"  and then put what they read into practice!
Probe of the Month
Do you know other Health Coordinators or early childhood program staff who want to put an effective hearing screening program in place and need our help?

Let us know at:    


And, as always, share with anyone you think would benefit from our resources.     

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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.