Hearing Screening Program Development
& Gain Skills
- Screening Methods
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Screening is recommended for all children 0 – 3 years of age. It is also appropriate for many children over 3 who are unable to follow instructions and complete tasks required for Pure Tone Audiometric Screening. Pure Tone Screening has traditionally been recommended for children over 3 years of age who can follow instructions and complete screening tasks. Talk with your local pediatric audiologist about which method, or methods, are optimal for the population you serve.
The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative is focused on extending the benefits of periodic hearing screening to young children in a variety of health and education settings. Our goals are to ensure that early childhood education and health care providers have access to:
- Instructional videos and resources for screening children 0 – 3 years of age (OAE is the recommended method). Watch a 1-minute video demonstration or read a brief description [PDF].
- Instructional videos and resources for screening children 3 - 5 years of age (considerations in choosing [PDF] the OAE or Pure Tone method).
New! Expand Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) services [PDF] for children 0-3