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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.
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.
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 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.
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
February & March 2015 - Newborn Hearing Screening Overview
January 2015 - Understanding Hearing Loss in Infants
August 2013 - Risk Factors for Delayed-Onset Hearing Loss
May 2013 - Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce (OKAT) Update
January & February 2013 - Biotinidase and Hearing Loss
November & December 2012 - Children Hear Better with FM Systems
September & October 2012 - A School Hearing Screening Program
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)
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