15th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA
| - | 2 - Audiological Services
The success of the 1-3-6 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) goals depends largely on the identification of children with hearing loss by experienced and well-trained pediatric audiologists (JCIH, 2007). Continuing education on topics relevant to pediatric audiology is necessary for those serving young children. Although in-person training opportunities are available, barriers to professionals attending in-person trainings include financial expense and travel-time (Hegney et al., 2010).
The Washington EHDI program, with Seattle Children’s Hospital, provided a series of 4, 1-hour online pediatric audiology training sessions via GoToWebinar® for the purpose of creating opportunity for learning and dialogue for audiologists serving young children in Washington. The webinars covered 4 topics: cytomegalovirus related hearing loss, genetics of hearing loss, management of children with middle ear disease, and best practices for brainstem auditory evoked response evaluations.
Per webinar, an average of 41 participants attended and 23 participants requested American Speech language Hearing Association (ASHA) continuing education credits. In total, participants represented audiologists serving young children in 10 counties in Washington and 6 counties in Oregon. 67% of the audiologists worked at medical centers, 11% at private audiology practices, 10% at otolaryngology practices, and 7% at school districts. Participants felt that the webinars met their expectations (score of 4.1 out of 5), found the teaching effective (3.4 out of 4), and viewed the topics (3.3 out of 4) and case studies (3.1 out of 4) as useful to their practice. One challenge revealed by the evaluations was that participants felt there was limited opportunity for participation (2.8 out of 4).
Participant evaluations of the webinars indicate audiologists felt the webinars were useful and an effective way to learn about best practices and topics relevant to pediatric audiology. An opportunity for improvement in future offerings would be finding better ways to include active participation.
- Explain how Washington State used free, online webinars to improve Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS).
- Identify tools that the EHDDI program uses to evaluate these webinars.
- Describe the challenges involved in providing learning opportunities via an online format, as well as the potential for future applications.
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(Primary Presenter,Author,POC), Seattle Children's Hospital, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Laura Steinmetz, AuD, is a pediatric audiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and also serves as an audiology consultant for the WA State Dept. of Health EHDDI (Early Hearing loss Detection Diagnosis and Intervention) Program. Her background includes previous work as the Hearing Screening Coordinator for Group Health Central Hospital in Seattle, and she was a recipient of specialized training in pediatric audiology through the Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program during her doctoral studies at the University of Washington. In her current role, she works in collaboration with Seattle Children's and the WA State Dept. of Health to maintain and enhance universal newborn hearing screening and help link infants and young children to appropriate diagnostic and early intervention services in Washington State.
Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Seattle Children's Hospital. Receives Other financial benefit for Employment from WA State Dept. of Health.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
(Co-Presenter,Author), Washington State Dept. Of Health, email@example.com;
Karin Neidt is the Washington State Early Hearing-loss Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention (EHDDI) Coordinator, implementing and managing the newborn hearing screen follow-up and tracking/surveillance system. Karin previously worked for two years with the Department of Health Newborn Screening Program, consulting health care providers and families in the appropriate follow-up for infants with abnormal screening results. Karin received her Master in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
(Author), Washington EHDDI Program, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Marcie is a follow-up coordinator and audiologists for the Washington State Department of Health Early Hearing Loss Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) Program. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Audiology. She continued her studies at the University of Washington from which she graduated in 2011 with a Doctor of Audiology degree. She has worked in several different organizations including; the Port of Seattle, The Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing and The Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. Marcie is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. As a native Washingtonian, she enjoys being a part of improving newborn hearing screening in her home state.
(Co-Presenter,Author), WA State Dept. of Health, Julie.Walker@doh.wa.gov;
Julie Walker, MPH, is a follow-up coordinator for the Washington State Department of Health EHDDI Program. She works to ensure that babies who do not have a passing hearing screen receive appropriate follow-up services. She works with hospital hearing screen coordinators, primary care providers, and audiologists to make sure babies who are deaf or hard of hearing are enrolled in early intervention services in a timely manner. Julie received her Master’s in Public from American Public University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Western Washington University.
(Author), Family Conversations, Seattle Childrens Hospital, email@example.com;
Susan Norton, PhD CCC-A is the Chief of Audiology Programs and Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She is also a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She works with the Washington Department of Health EHDDI program to ensure timely and quality newborn hearing screening of all newborns, diagnostic follow-up for those infants who refer and enrollment in early intervention for infants with hearing loss. She has conducted research and practiced pediatric audiology for many years.
Debra Lochner Doyle
(Author), Washington State Department of Health, Deb.LochnerDoyle@doh.wa.gov;
Ms. Doyle is the State Coordinator for Genetic Services and the manager of the Screening and Genetics Unit for the Washington State Department of Health. She is board certified by both the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Ms. Doyle received her B.S. in genetics from the University of Washington and her M.S. in human genetics and genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Before accepting her current position, she held positions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center, Jone's Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, and Women and Infant's Hospital Prenatal Diagnosis Center. Ms. Doyle is a past President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is a founding member of the Coalition of State Genetics Coordinators.