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Hearing Information Resources

There are many state and national resources available to assist, inform, and educate families of infants and toddlers diagnosed with hearing loss. Links below include state early interventions sites and national resources that provide information about early childhood hearing loss. While the links are comprehensive, they are not all-inclusive. These sites have been assessed as useful for educational purposes; however, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program cannot guarantee the accuracy of all of the content included in the links.
 

STATE RESOURCES

Pediatric Audiology Resources

This document was created by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Newborn Hearing Screening Program in conjunction with the Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce (OKAT) in 2011. The information was compiled from a statewide survey of licensed audiologists in July 2010 to serve as a resource for families, medical home providers, and newborn hearing screening programs. It should not be viewed as a complete resource directory or as an endorsement of any specific agency. Provider services were self-reported and not verified by the OSDH or the OKAT. Please call ahead to verify this information with a site as details can change over time.

A Professional’s Guide to Pediatric Audiologists in Oklahoma


Pediatric Audiology Protocols

The following recommended protocols were developed by the Oklahoma Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP) in collaboration with the Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce (OKAT). Protocols are to be implemented by individuals licensed by the State of Oklahoma to practice audiology.

The Oklahoma Protocol for Infant Audiologic Diagnostic Assessment was developed as a guide for professionals who serve as a referral resource for infants that do not pass newborn hearing screening. The protocol should be used to facilitate the diagnosis of hearing loss, to obtain medical clearance for amplification, and to fit amplification systems on infants with hearing loss by three months of age.

The Oklahoma Protocol for Pediatric Amplification was developed to ensure that Oklahoma children will receive full-time and consistent audibility of the speech signal at safe and comfortable listening levels.

The Guidelines: A School Hearing Screening Program was revised to ensure that appropriate hearing screenings are completed to identify children with hearing loss that may hinder their ability to communicate. A systematic program for screening all children at certain ages and grades and for screening at-risk children must be implemented. The guideline identifies the personnel needed to operate the program, lists a recommended screening schedule and describes the screening equipment, screening environment and screening techniques. Other topics include how to discuss hearing screening results, lists referral criteria, and provides a screening record keeping form.


Early Intervention Services

Infants identified with hearing loss need assistance in developing communication. It is necessary for intervention to begin as soon after birth as possible. Many Oklahoma babies with hearing loss have been diagnosed and fitted with hearing aids within the first month of life. Frequently, these infants are enrolled in an intervention program before they are six weeks old. Information about Oklahoma’s Part C Early Intervention Program is below.

SoonerStart Early Intervention Program


Monthly Newsletter - Listen From Ear to Ear-Tips of the Month

August 2013 - Risk Factors for Delayed-Onset Hearing Loss
Referrals for audiologic assessments for children with risk factors for delayed-onset hearing loss should be individualized depending on the likelihood of a subsequent delayed-onset hearing loss.  The Oklahoma Newborn Hearing  Screening Program recommends a follow-up at 6 months and 1 year of life. The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) Year 2007 Position Statement recommends that infants who pass the initial hearing screening but have a risk factor for hearing loss should have at least one diagnostic audiology assessment by 24-30 months of age.

May 2013 - Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce (OKAT) Update
The Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce (OKAT) was established in 2000 through the Oklahoma Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP)  and was a key ingredient in implementing newborn hearing screening in the state.  In 2009, the Oklahoma NHSP and OKAT developed a vision and mission statement with guiding principles and core values and reorganized with five subcommittees  (Protocols, Pediatric Audiology, Family Support, Genetics, and Childhood Provider Outreach).  

January & February 2013 - Biotinidase and Hearing Loss
Biotinidase deficiency occurs in approximately 1/60,000 births. Since the Oklahoma Newborn Screening program started screening for Biotinidase deficiency in November 2010, 27 infants have been identified with partial deficiency 2 with profound deficiency.

November & December 2012 - Children Hear Better with FM Systems
Many children who wear hearing aids still have difficulty hearing and understanding a parent or teacher’s words

when there is lots of background noise and over short distances. This communication challenge also applies to many
normal-hearing children who suffer from concentration-related disorders, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD) or Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). An FM system is a wireless system designed to help
someone better identify and understand speech in noisy situations and over distances of up to 15 meters (50 feet).

September & October 2012 - A School Hearing Screening Program
The need for early identification of hearing loss along with appropriate follow-up treatment and/or habilitation is of utmost importance. To identify children with hearing loss that may hinder their ability to communicate, a systematic program for screening all children at certain ages and grades and for screening at-risk children must be implemented. A hearing screening program to accomplish this task is found on the following pages. It identifies the personnel needed to operate the program, lists a recommended screening schedule and describes the screening equipment, screening environment and screening techniques. The program discusses hearing screening results and lists referral criteria. Lastly, screening record keeping is discussed. Examples of suggested letters and forms are found in the appendix.

July & August 2012 - What is Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)?
Auditory neuropathy is a hearing disorder in which sound enters the inner ear normally but the transmission of signals from the inner ear to the brain is impaired. It can affect people of all ages, from infancy through adulthood.   People with auditory neuropathy may have normal hearing, or hearing loss ranging from mild to severe; they always have poor speech-perception abilities, meaning they have trouble understanding speech clearly. Often, speech perception is worse than would be predicted by the degree of hearing loss.  (NIDCD)

May & June 2012 - Hearing Aid Checks
March & April 2012 - GET TO KNOW US!!!!
February 2012 - Unilateral Hearing Loss (UHL)
January 2012 - National Birth Defects Prevention Month
December 2011 - Oklahoma’s Loss to Follow-up/Documentation
November 2011 - NHSP BROCHURE: WE HAVE CHANGED OUR LOOK!!!
October 2011 - Genetics and Hearing Loss
September 2011 - Equipment calibration, Why and What do I do?

August 2011 - Hearing Screening - It is not always easy!
July 2011
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How is bilirubin and hearing loss related?


National Resources

The links below provide general information about hearing, hearing loss, hearing screening, diagnostic assessment, hearing aids, intervention services, intervention methodologies, communication systems, deaf culture, and parent support.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.

Hands and Voices

National Association for the Deaf

 

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