National Center on Health Event: Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative Webinar

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Introduction to Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening

Friday, June 21, 2013

Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Each day, children with hearing loss attend Early Head Start programs. How will we identify who they are? Join Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) for a webinar on otoacoustic emissions (OAE) screening methods. Learn about appropriate hearing screening practices for children ages birth to 3 and how to implement them in your program.

Topics for this Webinar Include:

OAE hearing screening technology

How to establish effective hearing screening protocols in your program

Follow-up strategies for children who don’t pass hearing screening

A brief preview of the topic is available for viewing on demand

Who Should Attend?

This webinar will benefit an array of audience members, including: Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start programs working with children ages birth to 3; and those who support hearing screening activities at the state or community level for infants and toddlers.

How to Participate

Register early! This webinar is limited to 100 participants. Visit the June 21 Webinar Registration page to sign up. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.


Before the webinar, watch this six-minute Introduction to Periodic OAE Hearing Screening video. Send your questions to by 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 21.


New hearing tools helping Head Start


A new resource will allow the Family Resource Agency to more accurately test the hearing of students in the Early Head Start program.

Otoacoustic Emission hearing detection equipment was given to Head Starts across the state after Head Start state Director Janet Coscarelli received a grant from the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.

Source: Cleveland Daily Banner

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Early hearing tests used to screen for problems –


Jihovana Sandoval-Salas is a 1-year-old girl who is all smiles and bright, brown eyes, but six months ago her mother grew concerned because she was much quieter than most infants.

A hearing screening through Early Head Start in Columbus started unraveling the mystery. The girl’s doctors believe she could have hearing loss that is affecting her speech development.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Available at:,0,1585730.story

Deliver “Just in Time” Information to Health Care Providers

When a child does not pass the Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening on two separate attempts, evaluation by a health care provider is usually the next step. With guidance from a highly-respected pediatrician, we’ve refined a sample “just in time” referral letter that summarizes the OAE screening protocol and the health care provider’s role in assessing a child’s outer and middle ear status. Dowload the health care provider referral letter template and edit it to meet your program’s needs. When a referral is made, fill in the child’s information and OAE results and deliver it to the appropriate provider.

Source: The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Project

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