New teleaudiology program to improve follow up for newborns who did not pass hearing screening

A program in California is being implemented to facilitate follow-up for infants needing diagnostic audiology evaluations. Babies who do not pass newborn hearing screening tests require immediate diagnosis and intervention. Participation in the program is by referral from the state Hearing Coordination Center. The teleaudiology program is unique because, rather than consulting
with audiologists or other clinicians at a remote location, who then
diagnose and treat the patient, the UC Davis audiologists actually
perform the hearing screening and make the diagnosis.


The Sound of Progress

She was one of 15 audiologists from around the world who were chosen to travel to hearing implant company MED-EL’s headquarters at Innsbruck, in September, for a five-day training course. She said Connect Hearing also runs monthly ‘Stay Connected’ workshops which are open to anyone affected by hearing loss, directly or indirectly, and offers free hearing screenings. Read more about the training experiences that Busselton audiologist Eimear Faye has gained and how she believes cochlear implants are changing the lives of many deaf people around the world.


Hearing Aid Common in Europe Turns Up Volume in US

More than 10 percent of Americans have some form of hearing loss.
Even with a hearing aid, deciphering sounds in places like airports,
theaters and places of worship can be tough. However, a not-so-new technology, commonly used in Europe, could help change that. Read more about these T-coils and hearing loops that are beginning to spread better hearing quality for those with hearing aids or cochlear implants globally.


How Can California Make Most of Telehealth Law?

California has been a leader on
several fronts of health care’s evolution. California innovations and
maturations in integrated delivery, managed care, stem cell research and
electronic health records often set the agenda for national trends. Now California is poised to do it again with a 21st century innovation — telehealth.

New state legislation (AB 415)
passed this fall has the potential to move two-way audio-visual
technology out of the realm of wonky oddity and into the mainstream,
according to some industry experts. Read more about the California Telehealth Advancement Act and the benefits and timing of this great law.


A Tele intervention Session Video and a Child's Language Development

Families often are anxious about their child’s language development. View this tele-intervention session conducted by a therapist from Wisconsin’s Center for Communication, Hearing, and Deafness. This video depicts the use of tele-intervention in coaching families and building their confidence.


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ASL English Bilingual Bimodal Education

The Clerc Center will offer a two-part webinar for families in January and February 2012. Part 1 will provide an overview of ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Education and the research supporting its positive impact on ASL and spoken language acquistion. Part 2 will discuss how families can support their child’s successful bilingual bimodal development.

Target audience: Parents of young deaf or hard of hearing children

January 12 and February 9, 2012, 7-8 p.m. (EST)

This webinar is presented by Susanne Scott, a cochlear implant bilingual specialist at the Clerc Center, and Dr. Laurene Simms, a professor of education at Gallaudet University.



The December Edition of Probes and Tips is now available

The December Edition of Probes and Tips is now available: Putting Your Hearing Screening Practices in the Spotlight! This edition includes such items as:

  • A call to spotlight the high-quality hearing screening practices that are being provided to children in various programs.
  • An easy way to send a simple email to colleagues telling them about OAE screening and a specific template that is encouraged to be used in creating a press release for local media to highlight your programs efforts.
  • A 30-minute mini-webinar that helps to give more ideas on shining the spotlight on your programs hearing screening activities.


Medical Home Fact Sheets in English and Spanish

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI)
has developed fact sheets for providers, parents, and children/youth to
communicate the importance of every child and youth having a medical
home. These resources are designed to be used by providers
with patients to facilitate discussion around the development of
ongoing partnerships within the medical home for all patients and their
families. The fact sheets for parents and children/youth are also
available in Spanish on the

NCMHI Web site