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

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2/28/2017  |   11:00 AM - 11:30 AM   |  National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Survey on the Importance of Pediatric Audiology Guidelines   |  Hanover C

National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Survey on the Importance of Pediatric Audiology Guidelines

Authors: Hanna Sawher, B.S., Amy Hartman, AuD, Elizabeth Seeliger, AuD Early detection of hearing status is crucial to a child’s auditory and language development. The process of early detection and identification is complex and has many barriers. Some of these barriers were described by Shulman, et al. in 2010 and include; 1) physicians take the wait-it-out approach to follow-up care, 2) inconsistent usage of screening protocols, and 3) providers’ lack knowledge of developmental milestones, early intervention, and referral sources. A survey by Uhler et. al., (2014), regarding EHDI programs, detailed further barriers to follow-up including; inconsistent provider knowledge, information gaps between providers, service availability, system capacity for services offered, and limited access to pediatric audiologists. In Wisconsin and nationally, the time to identification has not decreased significantly over the past few years. Many reasons for this delay have been hypothesized. One suggested reason for delay is lack of consistent protocols among providers and/or deviation from best practice. A proposed solution to this problem has been to develop and incorporate state pediatric audiology guidelines. Some states currently have pediatric audiology guidelines, but many do not, and there is no current data on how many states do have these guidelines. We administered a survey to all EHDI coordinators regarding pediatric audiology guidelines and will discuss the results and analysis of this survey. Shulman, S., Besculides, M., Saltzman, A., Ireys, H., White, K. R., & Forsman, I. (2010). Evaluation of the universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program. Pediatrics, 126(Supplement 1), S19-S27. Uhler, K., Thomson, V., Cyr, N., Gabbard, S., A., & Yoshinaga-Itano, C. (2014). State and Territory EHDI Databases: What We Do and Don’t Know About the Hearing or Audiological Data From Identified Children. American Journal of Audiology, 23, 34-43.

  • Learners will recognize reasons for a perceived need for pediatric audiology guidelines in Wisconsin and the nation.
  • Learners will summarize the results of a national survey on pediatric audiology guidelines for EHDI coordinators.
  • Learners will evaluate whether pediatric audiology guidelines may be beneficial for their own state.

Presentation:
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Transcripts:
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Presenters/Authors

Elizabeth Seeliger (), WSB, elizabeth.seeliger@dhs.wi.gov;
Elizabeth has worked as a clinical audiologist in a variety of settings, helping to guide children and families through the process of diagnosis and intervention of hearing loss. As the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB) Program Director Elizabeth has played a leadership role in the development of a data, tracking and referral system, developed educational resources for hospitals, providers and an interactive notebook for parents. Elizabeth has also spearheaded the initiative to enable WI homebirth midwives to provide UNHS. Elizabeth has also provided technical assistance and consultation locally and internationally on quality improvement in EHDI systems. Elizabeth currently sits on the board of directors for the WI Chapter of Families for Hands & Voices and Hands & Voices HQ.

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Amy Hartman (), University of Wisconsin Doctor of Audiology Program, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , amy.hartman@wisc.edu;
Dr. Hartman’s clinical focus is working with deaf and hard of hearing children. She is particularly interested in audiologic assessment of infants and young children and (central) auditory processing evaluations. Dr. Hartman has clinical expertise in the area of diagnostic audiologic assessment and hearing aid assessments and fittings for the pediatric population. Her previous clinical experiences include work at a children’s hospital and a large multi-specialty clinic. Dr. Hartman has clinical experience in the areas of behavioral diagnostic testing, electrophysiological assessment, including sedated and non-sedated auditory brainstem response testing, newborn hearing screening, (central)auditory processing evaluations, and the fitting of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.

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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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Hanna Sawher (), Affiliations: 1) The University of Wisconsin Madison Au.D. Program 2) Wisconsin Sound Beginnings: EHDI Program of Wisconsin , hanna.sebring@wisc.edu;
Hanna is a 3rd year audiology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. She is a current 2nd year Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Trainee. She is involved in many outreach and pediatric groups including the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings Cytomegalovirus Workgroup and the EHDI Student Involvement Subcommittee for the EHDI 2017 Conference. Hanna is also an Advocacy Committee Member for the Student Academy of Audiology. Hanna’s clinical experiences to date include Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Monroe Hospital, Central Wisconsin Center, Pediatric Summer Camp at UW Madison Speech and Hearing Clinic, and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome, and Neuromotor Development clinics at the Waisman Center in Madison WI. Hanna is passionate and dedicated to serving patients and their families in her community. She is determined to be the best team member and pediatric audiologist she can be. Everything about pediatric audiology speaks her heart, from the interaction with the patients and their families to the evidence based practice used to better the lives of the children she serves. Hanna sees each clinical day as an opportunity to grow and make a positive impact. She dedicated to this process of clinical growth and exploration to become someone who can help others and better her community.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.