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Coffee Break Webinar: Better Speech and Hearing Month

The Role of Periodic Early Childhood Hearing Screening in Promoting Early Language Development

This webinar is being offered in recognition of May as the Better Speech and Hearing Month.

Research indicates that by the time children enter school, at least 6 in 1000 have permanent hearing loss. Newborn hearing screening is able to identify approximately half of these children (3 in 1000), but what about the other half who experience late onset or progressive hearing loss or who were missed by newborn screening efforts?

Each day in the life of a young child with an undetected hearing loss is a day without full access to language. When hearing loss is not identified early, the resulting language deficits can become overwhelming obstacles to literacy, educational achievement, socialization, and school readiness. The availability of a technology called otoacoustic emissions (OAE) hearing screening means that early care and education providers can be trained to incorporate evidence-based hearing screening across any number of service settings. Taking only a few minutes to complete, OAE screening is increasingly being used in Early Head Start and Head Start programs, Part C and Part/619 programs, and even as a part of well child visits provided by some health care providers. Unfortunately, despite the compelling evidence of the efficacy of OAE screening for identifying children who may be at risk for permanent hearing loss, this is not yet uniform practice in any of these settings where it is still not entirely uncommon to find out-of-date subjective hearing screenings being done, or, in some cases, no hearing screenings at all during the early childhood period.

While monitoring and promoting language development during the early childhood years is widely championed by most early care and education providers, knowledge and skills for implementing evidence-based objective hearing screenings has lagged behind, and so have the identifications of some children who have hearing loss.

After participating in this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how OAE screening works and why it is the recommended method for young children.
  2. Discuss how periodic early childhood hearing screening corresponds with the aims and requirements of various publicly funded early childhood programs like EHDI, Head Start, Part C and Part B 619 programs.
  3. Access free online resources for establishing evidence-based hearing screening practices including program development and training resources.


  • William Eiserman, PhD, Director, Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative
  • Terry Foust, CCC-A/SLP, Pediatric Audiologist


  • May 7, 2019


  • 3 PM Eastern
  • 2 PM Central
  • 1 PM Mountain
  • 12 PM Pacific


15-20 min plus time for questions

To Join (no need to register) just go to the following at the time of the webinar:

This webinar is funded in part via a cooperative agreement (U52MC04391) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services and through an intra-agency agreement between MCHB and the Office of Head Start. Authors and presenters of the webinar are responsible for the opinions expressed and the content of material presented and no endorsement by NCHAM or MCHB/HRSA is implied or expressed.