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Webinar: Intermediate Hearing Screening Webinar: Building on Your Experience with Evidence-based Hearing Screening Practices

When: February 21, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MDT

Description:

Now that you have had some experience implementing evidence-based hearing screening practices, this is an opportunity to get some of your questions addressed by experts. Whether you are using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening or Pure Tone Audiometry, you likely have questions and/or a need to review key points to ensure you are adhering to evidence-based practice guidelines.

Please join us for a webinar and question and answer session on improving the quality of hearing screening and evaluation practices for children ages birth to 5. And spread the word to anyone whom you think may benefit from this learning opportunity.

Topics for this introductory webinar include:

  • An overview of two hearing screening methods and available resources to support implementation:
    • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) screening and evaluation method for all children
    • Pure Tone Audiometry Screening method for children 3 to 5 years of age or older
  • Techniques and strategies for managing children’s behavior leading to the successful completion of hearing screenings
  • Equipment management scenarios that may arise when conducting hearing screenings
  • A review of the recommended follow-up protocol for when children do not pass the hearing screening
  • Strategies for communicating hearing screening results with family members and professionals with the goal of achieving appropriate follow up actions
  • A review of resources to support the development and sustainability of evidence-based hearing screening and follow-up practices
  • An opportunity to address questions pertaining to OAE or Pure Tone Audiometry screening and follow-up practices
  • An opportunity to discuss ongoing training and technical assistance needs and resources.

Target Audience:

This webinar benefits individuals and programs serving children between birth and 5 years of age who have some experience implementing either OAE or Pure Tone Audiometry hearing screening, including:

  • Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start programs
  • Part C early intervention programs
  • Part B-619 programs
  • Home visiting programs
  • Preschool staff
  • Health care providers

Presenters:

William Eiserman, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University and is co-director of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention - National Technical Resource Center. Dr. Eiserman has over 25 years of experience developing and leading the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative which focuses on implementing evidence-based hearing screening and follow-up practices for young children with a primary focus on Early Head Start and Head Start and other community-based settings. Along with his ECHO Initiative colleagues, Dr. Eiserman has provided training and technical assistance to thousands of programs across the country and in international settings which have demonstrated the efficacy of early identification of hearing loss in pediatric populations.

Terry Foust, AuD, CCC-A/SLP is a pediatric audiologist and speech language pathologist who has been a key member of the ECHO Initiative team since its beginnings in 2001. Dr. Foust has provided intensive training and technical assistance to staff in early childhood programs in nearly every state, including Head Start, early intervention programs and community health centers. Dr. Foust has also provided technical assistance in a variety of international settings including in India, Ghana, Georgia and Kenya.

NOTE: If you have not yet had experience implementing evidence-based hearing screening, please join us for our Introductory Webinar on February 27.