Hearing Screening Online Training Program

The C&TC schedule requires either a subjective or objective hearing screening as shown on the Minnesota C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards. ("Attention: By selecting the link above you will be leaving the Minnesota Department of Health Web site.")

Subjective Screening

Subjective screening (look for the “S” symbol on the C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards) consists of information obtained verbally or in writing in response to the screener’s questions. When performing a subjective hearing screening, these questions are related to a history of childhood hearing disability or hearing loss in the family of the child's biological mother or father, delay in the child’s language acquisition or history of such delay, and the child having a history of repeated otitis media. The child, parent, or guardian must be asked if they have concerns about the child's hearing.

Hearing History
(Often conducted by primary care provider as part of health history)
Ages/Grades Birth through 20 years
Purpose To determine if medical factors exist to put the child at risk for hearing loss
Description A review of health history questions with parent or caregiver
Equipment C&TC documentation form or medical chart; pen
Facilities Comfortable private interview area
Procedure Ask the hearing history questions
Interpretation of Results Pass/No Pass Criteria

Suggested Hearing History Questions

Complaints or concerns regarding the child’s hearing or observed abnormal listening behaviors should be noted on the C&TC documentation form ["Attention: By selecting the link above you will be leaving the Minnesota Department of Health Web site."] or medical chart and further evaluation should be made.

For complete information on Hearing History documentation, see C&TC Documentation section.

1. Is there concern ...

2. Are there any hearing problems that started in childhood in the family of the child’s biological mother or father? (This question is important as the incidence of hearing problems is more prevalent in children whose biological parents had hearing problems as children.)
3. Does the child have a history of chronic ear infections and/or tubes?
4. Has the child had serious head trauma, concussion, skull fracture, or loss of consciousness since the last C&TC visit?
5. Has the child been hospitalized with a serious illness, especially meningitis or kidney disease, since the last C&TC visit?

Note: You must answer the following questions to continue with the course.

True/False Question: Asking hearing history questions is a component of the subjective hearing screening.
True
False

True/False Question: Screening for behavioral signs of possible hearing loss is not a component of the subjective hearing screening.
True
False


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