President Obama recently announced that the Administration will go forward with final regulations related to recompetition and underperforming Head Start and Early Head Start Agencies. The Administration’s pursuit of excellence ensures that the NHSA and government can work together
through thoughtful and forward-thinking reform measures, resulting in
efficient service delivery and the highest quality standards. Follow the link to the video on President Obama’s Speech: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/11/08/president-obama-speaks-holding-head-start-programs-accountable
Each year, Dr. Sherry Gaddis Weldele and her husband Frank, both licensed doctors of audiology
take mission trips to South America and Mexico to help people hear,
seeing mostly children with hearing problems. These children have no other means to
obtain hearing aids and many of these children have hearing problems because of the lack of
health care. Sherry and Frank take portable testing equipment with them and have a 95 percent accuracy rate to detect hearing loss, something this couple has been doing for the past
10 years. The couple want
people to know any donation, whether it is money or used hearing aids
will be put to good use. The deadline to donate is the end of January 2012.
This is an article in the latest of a series of case studies
produced by the Catalyst Center and NCHAM on challenges families face in getting their children’s care paid for. Read about “the Paxton Family: Doing What it Takes to Meet
Chance’s Hearing Needs.”
The Minnesota Academy of Audiology (MAA), an organization
representing audiologists within the state, is actively warning hearing
healthcare consumers that the purchase of hearing aids over the Internet
may have serious consequences to their health. The sale of any
hearing device, whether a personal sound amplifier or hearing aid,
without the diagnostic and rehabilitative services of a qualified,
licensed professional puts the consumer at risk, according to the MAA. This is because audiologists must ensure a patient’s hearing loss is not
due to medical or surgical conditions. Unfortunately for the consumer,
a simple online hearing test does not successfully identify hearing
loss that can be treated medically.
Nearly one in five Americans age 12 and older experience hearing loss severe enough to interfere with day-to-day communication.The new research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine,
examined data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination
Surveys, or NHNES, which has collected health information from thousands
of Americans since 1971. The researchers looked specifically at people
age 12 and older — men and women of all races — whose hearing had been
tested during NHANES exams.
“EHDI: Partnering for Progress,” a national conference that was held in Raleigh, NC, October 26-28, brought a new approach to conference attendance by combining three previously independent meetings into one location. This was the first time that these three meetings had combined and allowed conference goers to attend presentations at any and all of the three combined meetings that covered many various subjects tied to the same core topic of “EHDI”. The Fifth Biennial Pediatric Audiology Symposium, the Sixth Annual Investing in Family Support Conference, and the Fourth Southeastern Regional EHDI Conference all offered a unique lineup of speakers and presentations that tied together an array of subjects concerned with Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.
Following a 21-year hiatus, The Silent Network, a television network aimed at deaf and hard of hearing viewers, launched as a Broadband Network on the Internet on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The network began in 1979 as a cable network with a slate of original programs presented in sign language, subtitles and full sound that ultimately was seen in more than 17 million households. Featured on the new Broadband Network will be the entertaining children’s series “Happy Hands Kid’s Klub” with comedian-mime CJ Jones, and “Grandma’s House” with Fran Ripplinger. Other programs will include a talk show and a
The Silent Network can be seen at: www.thesilentnetwork.tv
Award winning film maker, Judy Lieff, brings us the story of Aneta Brodski who is an Israeli teenager living in Queens, New York. Aneta is also deaf. The story chronicles Aneta’s desire to connect with the world and how she accomplishes her dreams of self-expression by putting her words and signs into performing a very raw form of poetry. See how she collaborates with hearing and non-hearing alike to give the world some perspective on what it means to be Aneta.
Venerannda Leon Guerrero held her slumbering infant in her arms in a
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research
and Service (CEDDERS) testing center at the University of Guam as she
watched an audiologist in Colorado conduct a diagnostic test to
determine whether or not her baby has a hearing loss.
The remote test was held in October and marked the first
technology-enabled distance diagnostic testing for hearing loss on very
young infants in Guam.
This event was made possible through the Tele-audiology Project.
About 85% of parents would prefer to have their newborn tested for
congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), even if testing was not routine, and
even if their child turned out to be CMV-positive but never developed
problems, according to a new study published online November 14 in Pediatrics. The authors note that about 30,000 infants are born each year in the
United States with congenital CMV infection, and approximately 1 in 5
develop disabilities, most often sensorineural hearing loss and/or