16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/28/2017  |   3:45 PM - 4:15 PM   |  Otolaryngology EHDI Outreach and Collaboration   |  Grand Hall A

Otolaryngology EHDI Outreach and Collaboration

Otolaryngologists play an important role in supporting timely and complete audiological diagnosis for infants who do not pass newborn hearing screening. In 2009, the Minnesota Department of Health-Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program identified the need to promote a more standardized approach to hearing follow-up recommendations from the ENT community, particularly to reduce delays in complete hearing diagnosis when middle ear fluid was also present. The need for increased EHDI education and outreach to otolaryngologists was further supported by results of a 2012 NCHAM survey of physicians which revealed that 33% of ENT’s did not clearly understand current guidelines for timing of newborn hearing screening follow-up and diagnostic testing. MDH-EHDI will share strategies and materials utilized to increase knowledge of key EHDI goals. Quality improvement data showing improved knowledge will also be reported. The otolaryngologist continues to be a key partner once definitive diagnosis of permanent hearing loss is made. New ENT guidelines for otolaryngologists were developed with support of otolaryngology advisory members to promote a consistent approach to care for infants who have been diagnosed with both permanent and suspected temporary hearing loss. Hear about key considerations and timing in investigating etiology of permanent hearing loss, and about medical or surgical interventions when appropriate. Additionally, hearing loss due to suspected middle ear effusion can be persistent or ultimately have a permanent component. Learn how State EHDI programs can support close care coordination between otolaryngology and audiology to ensure monitoring of persistent loss and documentation of final hearing outcome.

  • Ascertain ways to identify improvement opportunities for increasing EHDI knowledge in the otolaryngology community using multiple methods to promote EHDI best practice.
  • Identify steps in investigating etiology of permanent hearing loss as well as medical and surgical interventions for permanent hearing loss.
  • Discuss the impact of diagnosis of hearing loss due to middle ear effusion and follow-up outcomes and how State EHDI programs can support care coordination.

Presentation:
15804_5758KirstenCoverstone.pdf

Handouts:
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Transcripts:
5758.docx


Presenters/Authors

Kirsten Coverstone (), MN Dept. of Health, Kirsten.Coverstone@state.mn.us ;
Kirsten Coverstone is an audiologist with many years of service dedicated to early hearing detection and intervention. She grew up in southern Minnesota, earned her masters degree from the Univ. of Northern Iowa and her doctorate from Salus University. Kirsten has actively worked at the local state and national levels to promote universal newborn screening for hearing. As coordinator of the Lions Infant Hearing Program at the University of Minnesota she worked directly with hospitals to establish effective hearing screening programs and audiologists to confirm hearing loss. In addition, Kirsten implemented a statewide hearing instrument loaner program for infants and young children in Minnesota. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families as the MDH EHDI Screening Program Coordinator.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Melanie Wege (), Minnesota Department of Health - Newborn Screening Program, melanie.wege@state.mn.us;
Melanie Wege is a board certified audiologist who joined the Minnesota EHDI Team after 17 years as a clinical audiologist with a primary interest in pediatric diagnosis and follow-up. Her focus with the Minnesota EHDI Team is to provide education, support, and ongoing quality system improvement strategies to all providers involved with infant hearing screening and follow-up through diagnosis.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Abby Meyer (), Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, abby.meyer@childrensmn.org;
Abby Meyer is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Minnesota. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and stayed in Minneapolis to complete residency training in Otolaryngology. She then pursued fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington before returning to practice in the Twin Cities. She is a member of the Minnesota Department of Health Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee and will be starting as a Minnesota American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Chapter Champion. At Children’s Minnesota, she is active in building and promoting the hearing loss program and serves in a leadership role as the Associate Medical Director of Audiology Services.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.