Hearing Screening E-Learning Course
This updated e-learning module reflects the Guidelines for Hearing Screening After the Newborn Period to Kindergarten Age (January 2014)(PDF) developed by a collaborative working group of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) community advisory committee, including hearing and educational experts, and Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) program staff. The following information has been adapted from these guidelines.
The goal of hearing screening in early childhood is to identify children with permanent and longstanding fluctuating childhood hearing loss that may affect health, communication, learning and development. With prompt referral and follow-up, Minnesota children have an opportunity to receive appropriate, timely care and services, which leads to better health and educational outcomes.
According to the Guidelines for Hearing Screening After the Newborn Period to Kindergarten Age:
Hearing screening in early childhood settings increases the likelihood that children lost to follow-up from newborn screening, and children presenting with post-newborn hearing loss, receive timely diagnosis and intervention services, which are critical during the language learning years. While questionnaires and checklists are useful in identifying a child at risk for hearing loss, their use as the sole means of determining a child's hearing status is unreliable. Over 50 percent of children with hearing loss will not be identified by history and risk assessment alone. Hearing screening technology such as pure tone audiometry is a practical and effective means of identifying children who need further evaluation for possible hearing loss.
Screeners and program managers should be aware that while this document provides best practice guidance for screening children for hearing loss, hearing screening does not constitute audiological assessment or evaluation. Therefore, children already identified with hearing loss or who show risk factors for hearing loss should be under the supervision of a medical provider.
The continuum from screening to treatment is:
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