Title: 'EHDI in Ontario, Canada: An Example from Your Friends to the North'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): EHDI program structure, comprehensive EHDI program, EHDI in Canada
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the main components of Ontario’s EHDI program.
  2. Explain the importance of quality assurance and outcome measurement in an EHDI program.


Every year in the province of Ontario, Canada, about three in 1,000 babies are either born with a permanent hearing loss or will develop a hearing loss early in their childhood. With a yearly birthrate of approximately 130,000, about 400 babies or preschool children are identified with impaired hearing every year. The Ontario Infant Hearing Program (OIHP) is an example of a comprehensive EHDI program that identifies children born deaf or hard of hearing and provides the supports and services they need to develop the language and literacy skills necessary to achieve social and academic success. The program provides services for children from birth to six years of age who are identified with permanent childhood hearing loss and their families/caregivers. As well, it monitors those children born with, or who acquire risk indicators for permanent hearing loss throughout early childhood. Program protocols are in place to provide universal newborn hearing screening, audiological assessment, amplification and communication development services for identified children. Hallmarks of the OIHP include systematic, evidence-based procedures and state-of-the-art equipment. Outcome measures and quality assurance mechanisms complete the EHDI program structure. This presentation will provide information about the various components of the OIHP. Unique aspects of the program will be highlighted to provide an example of an EHDI program with widespread support and structure.
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Marlene Bagatto - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
University of Western Ontario
     Credentials: Au.D., Ph.D.
     Other Affiliations: National Centre for Audiology
      Marlene Bagatto is an Audiologist and Researcher at the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London, Ontario, Canada. She participates in clinical research related to the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method for the prescription of hearing instruments. Dr. Bagatto has given numerous presentations and workshops related to the DSL Method as well as published several articles on the topic. In addition, Dr. Bagatto provides clinical services to infants involved in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic at UWO. She also serves as the Amplification Consultant and Instructor for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ Infant Hearing Program. Her recent research relates to outcome evaluation for infants and children who wear hearing aids.

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