17th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 18-20, 2018 • Denver, CO

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Are Audiologists Directly Referring Children with Hearing Loss to Early Intervention?

The Joint Council on Infant Hearing (JCIH)’s position statement recommends that infants are screened for hearing loss by 1 month, diagnosed by 3 months, and receive intervention by 6 months of age (2007). Upon diagnosis, audiologists develop a management plan for hearing loss which often will include amplification options, parent education, and early intervention services. In the state of Massachusetts, 99% of newborns are screened for hearing loss, 85.4% undergo diagnostic assessment and 76.4% of newborns identified with hearing loss are enrolled in early intervention services. All children with any degree of hearing loss qualify for early intervention in Massachusetts. These services are available at no cost to the family. A consistent, direct referral process from audiologists could improve the percentage of newborns enrolled in early intervention. A survey was created using the RedCap data collection tool to investigate how audiologists perceive their role in direct referral for early intervention. It was distributed to pediatric audiologists across the country via an email link. The purpose of this survey was to obtain data on the audiologist’s role and responsibilities for directly referring to early intervention. Data collected through the survey, including the percentage of audiologists directly referring to early intervention and associated barriers to referral, will be presented to conference attendees.

  • Participants can describe why children with hearing loss should be enrolled in early intervention services.
  • Audiologists can determine areas of strengths related to the direct referral process and possible areas of weakness if direct referrals to early intervention are reportedly not being made.
  • Participants can identify the percentage of audiologists who are directly referring to early intervention.

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Presenters/Authors

Bridget Shanahan (), University of Wisconsin-Madison, bridget.shanahan@wisc.edu;
Bridget Shanahan is a fourth year Audiology extern from University of Wisconsin Audiology Consortium Program. She is completing her externship at Boston Children's Hospital where she is also a LEND fellow.

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Cailin Shanahan (), Boston Children's Hospital, cailin.shanahan@childrens.harvard.edu;
Cailin Shanahan is a fourth year Audiology extern from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is completing her externship at Boston Children's Hospital and is also a LEND fellow.

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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Natalie Loyola (), Boston Children's Hospital, natalie.loyola@childrens.harvard.edu;
Natalie Loyola is a fourth year Audiology extern from AT Still University. She is completing her externship at Boston Children's Hospital where she is also a LEND fellow.

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