Title: 'Audiology 101-A – Introduction to Audiology for Non-Audiologists Working in and Supporting EHDI Activities'
Track: 8 - EHDI Workforce Issues
Keyword(s): audiology, anatomy, hearing loss, diagnosis, amplification
Learning Objectives:
  1. identify the parts of the ear and describe how they work as well as describe the types and degrees of hearing loss
  2. describe how hearing loss is assessed and diagnosed
  3. describe the types of treatment and intervention for hearing loss


The vast majority of people working in and supporting EHDI programs and activities are not audiologists and do not have a working knowledge of the audiology concepts and terminology used in EHDI and early childhood hearing screening programs and activities. This presentation will present the basic audiology concepts and terminology needed to work effectively in EHDI programs, as well as for parents in understanding hearing loss and in navigating the intervention and habilitation process. Specific topics include how the different parts of the ear work, definitions and basic principles regarding hearing loss, and a summary of the most recent EHDI program reports of congenital hearing loss. In addition the basic definitions and basic principles of assessment of hearing loss and intervention will be discussed as well as how hearing loss is assessed and diagnosed, the types of treatment and intervention for hearing loss, how audiologists monitor and manage hearing loss, and how to work with audiologists. The presentation will include a demonstration of hearing loss.
Presentation: 1365JeffHoffman.pdf


Handouts: Handout_1365JeffHoffman.pdf
Jeff Hoffman - Co-Presenter,POC
     Credentials: MS, CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM, Utah State University
      Jeff Hoffman is the Outreach Coordinator for the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at NCHAM, Utah State University. Jeff has many years of experience serving as a state EHDI coordinator and working within Head Start. As an audiologist, Jeff's combined experience affords him to be a valuable resource to state EHDI programs and Head Start grantees as they build collaborations to support quality hearing screening and follow-up practices.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Terry Foust - Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter
Intermountain Healthcare
     Credentials: Senior Healthcare Executive, Intermountain Health Care Au.D., Audiologist SLP - Speech-:Language Pathologist
     Other Affiliations: National Center for Hearing Assessment an Management - Consultant
      Terry Foust, AuD., has implemented and directed large newborn hearing screening programs in Utah and Idaho. He has provided consultation services to the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the HRSA Office of Performance Review (OPR), the Medicaid and Medicare Policy Research Center and the NCHAM. He is a National Technical Assistance Network audiologist for NCHAM providing support to state EHDI programs and the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach program. International experience includes work and consultation in Accra (Ghana Africa), Costa Rica, Cairo Egypt, and most recently in Mumbai India. Professional honors include being the first recipient of the newly established Mary J. Webster Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Speech-Language and Hearing Association, recognition by Utah Business Magazine as the 2007 Healthcare Hero of the year as an administrator, the 2006 recipient of the national Larry H. Mauldin award for excellence in audiology education and other honors.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.