Implementing Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening and Follow-up: A Four-Session Interactive Web Class

Four Sessions: Feb. 6, Feb. 9, Feb. 13, and Feb. 16

Time:  1 p.m. EST

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The ECHO Initiative is offering a new interactive web class series to help prepare Head Start and Early Head Start staff to provide quality Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening to young children. This series consists of four live, web-based sessions and each session will run about an hour. Each session also includes skill-based assignments that allow participants to practice the concepts covered during the session presentations.

Topics for the web class include how to:

  • Plan and implement an OAE hearing screening program
  • Explain how OAE screening works
  • Conduct OAE screenings on young children
  • Outline the necessary follow-up steps when a child does not pass the screening
  • Access resources for tracking children through the screening and follow-up protocol
  • Access additional tools and resources that support successful quality improvement

Who Should Attend?

This practical, hands-on skill-development class is intended for individuals working in programs that are committed to providing OAE hearing screening to the young children they serve. Programs are encouraged to have more than one staff member attend the class series to maximize practice and retention of material.

How to Participate

There is no cost for the web class, but participants will need to have functional OAE screening equipment and be able to practice screening young children during the session. Detailed information and a registration link can be accessed on the website. Advance registration for each participant is required. The deadline to register is Jan. 25, 2017.Questions?For more information, contact the ECHO Initiative at

Source: Save-the-date from the Office of Head Start

Introduction to Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening

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Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Noon – 1 p.m. EST

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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 within your program
  • Follow-up strategies for children who don\’t pass the hearing screening

Before the Webinar:

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 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! Space is limited to 100 participants. To register for this webinar, please visit You will then receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

How to Implement a Successful Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening Program in Early Childhood Education or Health Care Settings


The videos, tools and resources will introduce you to OAE hearing screening, help you to plan your screening program, teach you how to screen, and provide you with practical tools to implement screening and follow-up practices. Note the colored diamond that corresponds most closely with your role and view the video modules indicated. As you do so, also sequentially open and review the tools and resources in the right column to take advantage of the printed materials and links that have been designed to support your screening efforts.

Source: The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Project

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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

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January Probes & Tips – Types of Hearing Loss


Have you ever wondered, what is a “conductive” hearing loss? What is a “temporary” or “fluctuating” loss? What is a “sensorineural” loss? What is a “permanent” loss? How do I know what kind of hearing loss a child has?

These are questions that Early Head Start staff find themselves asking as children they’ve identified through screening go on for audiological assessment. Having a working knowledge of the terms used by audiologists to describe different types of hearing loss will allow you communicate well with the audiologist and assist the family in understanding the appropriate intervention.

Source: The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Project

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‘Spread the Word’ Mini Coffee Break Webinar

Thursday December 1, 2011
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time

By adopting otocoustic emissions (OAE) hearing screening practices, you have added significantly to the quality of the services offered to infants and toddlers in your program.  Explore how this commitment to best practice can lead to expanded support, collaboration, and possibly additional resources as you share your knowledge and experience with others in your community, state and region.

Join us for a Coffee Break Mini-Webinar in which we will demonstrate how to use some simple resources developed to help you get the credit you deserve for your commitment to identifying early childhood hearing loss.  Our  “Spread the Word” tools require no more than a few minutes to help you get media attention,  a spot on a meeting or conference agenda,  or to send an email blast to individuals you want to educate about your commitment to best practices.

Our tools are also designed to help you easily “lead by example” and inspire other early childhood and health care professionals to adopt OAE screening practices.   By taking advantage of these tools, the investment you have made in developing quality hearing screening practices can have a far reaching influence beyond your program, throughout your community and state so that more children in a variety of educational and health care venues can receive the benefit of OAE hearing screening.   Please join us for this webinar so we can show you how your OAE screening success can open up new doors for your program!

Source: The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach

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