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EHDI: Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

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Audiology 101

Presented by: Terry Foust, AuD.

When: July 22nd, 2020


Each year, EHDI programs welcome new coordinators, staff, advisory committee members, parents and partners. Many 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 introductory basic audiology concepts and terminology needed to work effectively in EHDI programs, as well as for parents in understanding hearing loss and in beginning to navigating the intervention and habilitation process. Specific topics include how the different parts of the ear work, definitions and the basic principles regarding hearing loss and intervention.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the parts of the ear and describe how they work
  • Describe the type and degree of hearing loss
  • Describe hearing tests and intervention


Terry Foust, AuD., is the Director of Community Health for the Intermountain Healthcare system of hospitals, physicians and health plans. He has implemented and directed large newborn hearing screening programs in Utah and Idaho and 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 National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). He served as a National Technical Assistance Network audiologist for NCHAM providing support to state EHDI programs and as an audiology consultant to the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach program. International experience includes work and consultation in Accra (Ghana Africa), Costa Rica, Cairo Egypt, Mumbia India and and most recently in Tblisi Georgia. Professional honors include being the inagural recipient of the 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 and the 2006 recipient of the national Larry H. Mauldin award for excellence in audiology education.