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the campaign for healthy hearing in kids a collaborative partnership

The Campaign for Healthy Hearing in Kids:a collaborative partnership

Jennifer Rossi, MS

Jenna Voss, MA, CED

theOmaha Hearing School

Omaha, Nebraska

faculty disclosure information
Faculty Disclosure Information

In the past 12 months, we have not had a significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturers of the products or providers of the service that will be discussed in our presentation.

This presentation will not include discussion of pharmaceuticals or devices that have not been approved by the FDA or unapproved or “off-label” uses of pharmaceuticals or devices.

campaign for healthy hearing in kids what is it
Campaign for Healthy Hearing in Kids: What is it?
  • Our Purpose
    • to identify children with hearing health needs and refer them for medical follow-up
  • Our Method
    • conduct DPOAE screenings
  • Our Target Population
    • children in the greater Omaha area
    • birth to age five
    • “at-risk” elementary aged children
why do it
Why do it?
  • Hearing loss is the most common birth defect.1
    • 1/300 children born in the US is born with hearing loss.
  • Chronic middle ear infection is one of the most common childhood health issues.2
    • 50% of children will have at least one middle ear infection by one year of age.
    • Between 1 and 3 years of age, 35% will have had repeated episodes.
  • Children develop late onset and progressive losses after passing newborn hearing screenings.3
    • Monitor biannually until age three and annually thereafter.
early identification early intervention
Early Identification/Early Intervention

“If hearing impaired children are not identified early, it is difficult, if not impossible, for many of them to acquire the fundamental language, social, and cognitive skills that provide the foundation for later schooling and success in society.

When early identification and intervention occurs, hearing impaired children make dramatic progress, are more successful in school, and become more productive members of society.

The earlier intervention and habilitation begin, the more dramatic the benefits.”

United States Department of Health and Human Services4 (1990)

nebraska newborn hearing screening 2004 annual report 5
Nebraska Newborn Hearing Screening2004 Annual Report5
  • 26,485 births
  • 25,966 newborns screened at birth
  • 918 newborns did not pass
  • 158 newborns discharged prior to screening
  • 793 newborns recommended for monitoring, intervention, and follow-up
  • 506 infants were rescreened; 110 received diagnostic evaluation

*These statistics are based on the aggregate reports from birthing facilities. There are certainly discrepancies between aggregate and individually-identifiable data.

our protocol
Our Protocol
  • adapted from Hearing Head Start Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Project
    • National Center for Hearing

Assessment and Management,

Utah State University

our equipment
Our Equipment
  • Maico ERO-SCAN Screening Test System
    • DPOAE
    • 4 Frequencies (3 required for a PASS)
    • Remote Probe
our challenges
Our Challenges
  • Conveying the importance of timely follow-up!
  • Funding for equipment and administrative cost
  • Staffing
  • Scheduling
is this working follow up evaluations
Is this working?Follow-up evaluations
  • Program evaluation developed after one year
    • 1-5 Rating Scale; Comments
    • 3 Categories: overall experience, site visit, parent feedback
  • Initial Distribution of 25 evaluation forms
    • 11 were returned
    • “Excellent” and “Agree” Responses: professionalism, correspondence, and cost!
    • “Average” and “Neutral” Responses: explanation of technology, parent interest
    • “Poor” and “Disagree” Responses: none!
is this working participant comments
“Wonderful service! It is difficult to obtain accurate assessment on 3 and 4 year old students-this eliminates guesswork… I would highly recommend this service and truly feel this is the way all hearing screenings throughout a child’s school years should be conducted!”

~public school nurse

“This gives a home daycare an opportunity to give children a service usually provided by a big daycare.” ~owner of a home daycare

Is this working?Participant Comments

“This is a great

service that you provide

for children!”

~director of large daycare

is this working brian s story
Is this working?Brian’s Story
  • 4 years old
  • University Childcare Center
  • REFER, parents notified
  • Parents took child to Dr.; fluid noted
  • Received diagnostic testing from school audiologist; bilateral, conductive 50dB loss
  • Received PE tubes
is this working matt s story
Is this working?Matt’s Story
  • 4.5 years old
  • Head Start program
  • REFER, parents notified
  • Mom called to schedule another screening (prior to Dr. visit); encouraged to contact Dr. and/or school audiologist
  • Rescreened (per mom’s request), REFER, school nurse notified
  • Received diagnostic testing from school audiologist; bilateral conductive loss was noted
  • Visited Dr.; wax removed
is this working katie s story
Is this working?Katie’s Story
  • 4 years old
  • Head Start program
  • Red Flag: Mom noted, on permission slip, that child referred newborn hearing screening
  • REFER, parents notified; classroom teacher noted concerns about child’s speech and hearing (child is “a little bit deaf”)
  • School nurse, District Health Service Coordinator, Family Support Worker acquired consent for “exchange of information”
  • Reports from NE Newborn Hearing Screening Program and audiology clinic indicate:
    • REFER newborn hearing screening
    • 2 weeks – DPOAEs not present; ABR findings suggest mild to moderate loss bilaterally
    • 1 y 3 mo – VRA sound field findings indicate moderate loss
    • 1 y 9 mo - Ear mold impressions and hearing aid fitting
    • Child lost to further audiologic management/early intervention.
contact us
Contact us

Jennifer Rossi

Jenna Voss

theOmaha Hearing School

1110 North 66th St.

Omaha, NE 68132


  • 1. White, K. R. (October, 1997). The scientific basis for newborn hearing screening: Issues and evidence. Invited keynote address to the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Workshop sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. (2002). Otitis media (ear infection) (NIH Publication No. 974216). Bethesda, MD: Author.
  • 3. Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (2000). Principles and guidelines for early hearing detection and intervention programs. Audiology Today, Special Issue, 1-23.
  • 4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (1990). Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives. Washington, DC: Public Health Service.
  • 5. Nebraska Health and Human Services System (2004). Nebraska Newborn Screening Annual Report: dried blood spot screening for metabolic & inherited disorders and newborn hearing screening programs. Lincoln, NE.