Title: 'Pediatric Audiology Learning Opportunities, Navigating EHDI from Home'
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Keyword(s): Pediatric Audiology,Audiological Standard of Care,Educational Opportunities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss new learning opportunities on the www.infanthearing.org website that will enhance their pediatric audiology practices.
  2. Identify 3 web sources that will provide evidenced based guidelines for Pediatric Audiology decision making.
  3. Choose family focused websites for their families with infants and toddlers who have hearing loss to enhance learning and compliance.


Universal Newborn Hearing screening is going into its 2nd decade of implementation and there still is a shortage of Pediatric Audiologists able to serve infants identified at risk for hearing loss. This specialty interest of Audiology is difficult to fill, as it requires an individual attracted not only to the science but the art of the profession. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) have been providing Pediatric Audiology Diagnostic and Amplification Courses for the last decade to Audiologists across the nation to provide theory and hands on training regarding Pediatric Audiology. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has developed a specialty certification in Pediatrics to not only increase the number of audiologists with this specialty but to better identify these individuals. The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) has developed position statements regarding the role of the Audiologist with infants and children. The Joint Committee for Infant Hearing (JCIH) has developed a standard of care and continues to expand on the role of the Audiologist within the EHDI system. Finally, the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) has supported the development of a database of Pediatric Audiologists across the United States to improve access to these specialists for families with children at risk for, or identified with, hearing loss. With reduced funding for training workshops and the inability of Audiologists to leave their busy work settings, more Audiologists are turning to the internet. Web based trainings are becoming Audiologists best option for fine-tuning their skills from the comfort of their home. This presentation will focus on web-based resources available for the Pediatric Audiologist to expand their knowledge base in pediatrics and to navigate the often-murky waters of EHDI.
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Karen Markuson Ditty - POC,Primary Presenter
     Credentials: Au.D.,CCC-A Board Certified in Audiology
     Other Affiliations: Newborn Intensive Care Specialists,P.A.
      Dr. Ditty is a pediatric audiologist with extensive experience and expertise in EHDI programs. Her career spans over 30 years and includes leading and implementing EHDI activities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. She is the former Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, and continues to oversee hospital programs in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. Dr. Ditty has been associated with NCHAM for more than 15 years as a member of the Technical Assistance Network and coordinates the NCHAM national pediatric audiology diagnostic workshops. She also works on a variety of projects related to early childhood screening and pediatric audiology such as the Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum and issues related to program quality, financing and sustainability. Dr. Ditty has authored and contributed to publications related to EHDI at local, national and international forums.

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