Hearing Screening Resources

Tools for Training  School Hearing Screening Providers!

These videos were developed based on research (Emanuel, D.C., Alterman, M., Betner, M., & Book, R. (2012). Development of a video for pure tone hearing screening in schools. Journal of Educational Audiology, 17, 62-76). A study of the original video over an 8-year period, including two doctoral thesis projects, indicated the video was as effective as live instruction but that hearing screening trainers wanted more information.   So, for the past two years, Diana Emanuel of Towson University, has been working with  the audiologists in the Baltimore City School System to revise the video and develop additional information, which is now  available in two streaming formats: YouTube and embedded video. These links have been provided below, with permission of Dr. Emanuel (THANKYOU!). Many of the ancillary tools needed for instructions are also included (e.g., sample test items, notes).  Don’t skip the second two videos (Commonly asked Questions and Common Mistakes) because there are some useful demonstrations in those!

Presentation for Early Childhood Programs: Why and How to Appropriately Screen Young Children’s Hearing

 Hearing Screening in Early Childhood– This 60-slide PowerPoint presentation was developed for Coordinators of Early Childhood programs that serve toddlers and preschoolers (Minnesota, but most of the information is applies broadly). Pros and cons of different screening methods are discussed, including paper checklists, otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and pure tone hearing screening. The presentation also includes a section in which participants can experience simulated hearing loss to further their awareness and understanding of the need to identify hearing loss before child development can be compromised.  You are encouraged to review the 8-page handout that accompanies the PowerPoint presentation on Hearing Screening in Early Childhood. 

Recommendations for Childhood Hearing Screening Practices 

An ‘oldie but goodie’ article reviewing important aspects of hearing screening, referral and follow up: Hearing Conservation in Public Schools Revisited (1991).

AAA Childhood Hearing Screening Guidelines 2011 – Karen Anderson, PhD chaired the subcommittee that developed this 78-page document regarding the identification of hearing loss needs for children from 6 months of age through high school. In addition to specific hearing screening protocol recommendations, the document includes background information on prevalence of hearing loss, economic and educational impacts, determining program effectiveness, and considerations for management of hearing screening programs.

An Overview of OAEs and Normative Data for DPOAEs

This article was obtained from http://www.hearingreview.com/all-news/22036-an-overview-of-oaes-and-normative-data-for-dpoaes and is included on this page as a way to clarify the differences between screening and diagnostic OAE testing as OAE is becoming of increasing interest for screening young child populations.

Drawing by Laurie Allen.
 
For those of you who are wondering, yes the top photo is of a younger Karen Anderson and her oldest son Grant (circa 1995).
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