March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO


 JICH Recommendations for Otoacoustic Emission and Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Testing 10 Years Later

Hearing-screening and -rescreening protocols are addressed in the 2007 Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Position Statement. A decade later we continue educate stakeholders on the key principals: ” Infants in the well-infant nursery who fail automated ABR testing should not be rescreened by OAE testing and “passed,” because such infants are presumed to be at risk of having a subsequent diagnosis of auditory neuropathy/dyssynchrony. ? Separate protocols are recommended for NICU and well-infant nurseries. NICU infants admitted for more than 5 days are to have auditory brainstem response (ABR) included as part of their screening so that neural hearing loss will not be missed. ? For rescreening, a complete screening on both ears is recommended, even if only 1 ear failed the initial screening. “ The 2007 JCIH statement has impacted the use of otoacoustic emission testing for inpatient newborn hearing screening. In Illinois, there has been a dramatic decline in the use of otoacoustic emissions for inpatient hearing screening. However, the use of otoacoustic emissions outpatient has not had a corresponding decline especially after the use of automated auditory brainstem response testing on the initial screening. The poster will review the JCIH recommendations, provide an analysis of 10 years of inpatient hearing technology used in screening data and 10 years of outpatient data on technology used for hearing screening. Are providers adhering to national recommendations? What does this mean for the hearing health of infants?

  • The reader will know the JCIH 2007 recommendations for screening protocols
  • The reader will review inpatient screening data for the past decade
  • The reader will review the data trends for inpatient compared to outpatient hearing screening

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Presenter: Samantha Raymond

Samantha holds a bachelor's degree in English. She currently attends the University of Illinois at Springfield where she is pursued her master in Public Administration. She was awarded a Graduate Public Service Internship with the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2017-2019. Samantha works in the EHDI Program focusing on quality assurance and quality improvement.


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Presenter: Ginger Mullin

Dr. Mullin has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree in Audiology from The University of Memphis. From 1996-1999 she worked for the Arkansas Department of Health specializing in pediatric diagnostics and amplification as well as infant hearing screening. In 1999, Ginger moved to Illinois where she specialized for six years as a pediatric audiologists performing electrophysiologic measures and pediatric hearing aid fittings. During that time she received her Au.D. from The University of Florida. Ginger has presented regionally and nationally in the areas of pediatrics and newborn hearing. Ginger has been the EHDI co-coordinator for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program since 2005. She is currently employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health . Ginger currently works closely with the UIC- Division of Specialized Care for Children to address screening, diagnosis and intervention issues.


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