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Diagnostic Audiologists

 

The Role of the Audiologist in Ohio’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program:

  • Complete diagnostic hearing evaluations on babies who do not pass their newborn hearing screening using a battery of physiologic tests (JCIH 2007).
  • Monitor and evaluate infants and toddlers at risk for hearing loss.
  • Ensure infants and toddlers with hearing loss are referred to Help Me Grow for early intervention services in a timely manner consistent with Federal guidelines.
  • Educate families about the results of the hearing evaluation and what the results mean in terms of speech and language development.
  • Report diagnostic hearing evaluation results to the Ohio Department of Health accurately and timely for program accountability and reduction of loss to follow-up.

 

Responsibilities During the Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

  • Conduct appropriate diagnostic testing to determine type and degree of hearing loss, if any, that may follow the COACH Protocol Flow Chart.
  • Share the results of the diagnostic hearing evaluation both verbally and in writing with the parents/caregivers (in the family’s primary language, if possible).
  • Ensure the family can restate the next steps following the diagnostic appointment including results and the need for future appointments.
  • Provide information about unbiased communication options and resource materials to families.
  • Provide information about early intervention services to families.

 

Responsibilities After the Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

  • Report results to the baby’s Primary Care Provider and the Ohio Department of Health Infant Hearing Program within 7 business days of the evaluation.
  • Refer infants and toddlers with hearing loss to early intervention services within 7 days of the diagnosis and report the date of the referral to the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Remind families/caregivers of any upcoming appointments for additional testing.

 

Trainings for Pediatric Audiologists available on OhioTrain.

  • Amplification Validation and Functional Testing
  • Assessment of Middle Ear Function and Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Behavioral Audiologic Assessment Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss
  • Challenges in Diagnosis and Management in Children with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
  • COACH Protocol: Click and Tone Burst Air and Bone ABR, ASSR
  • Impact of EHDI in the 21st Century
  • Pediatric Hearing Instrument Fitting and Verification
  • Putting it all Together; EHDI: What Have We Learned
  • Understanding the Needs of Children who are Deaf/HH Plus
  • When is it time to consider BAHA or Cochlear Implants?

 

Resources for Pediatric Audiologists

  • Audiology Appointment Checklist
  • Written Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation Results
  • Quality Assurance Reporting Tool