February, 2017       

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ECHO Initiative 
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New Live Webinars

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Introductory Webinar: 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 
1:00 p.m. ET 

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Intermediate Level Webinar:  

Thursday, March 16, 2017
 1:00 p.m. ET

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Coming in April:

Implementing Otoacoustic
Emissions (OAE)
Hearing Screening
and Follow-up:
A Four Session Interactive Web Class

Watch for registration information in the
March issue of Probes and Tips  
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ECHO Initiative 

Monday, Febr. 27, 2017

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Atlanta, GA

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Web-based Instruction
for Developing

Early Childhood
Screening Programs

Monday, Febr. 27, 2017

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM
Atlanta, GA 
ECHO Initiative
Links to Previous Recorded Webinars:
New to 
OAE Screening? 

If your program is new to OAE screening,  
or if you have added
new staff who need  
instruction on OAE 
screening practices,  
visit our 
 where staff can view instructional video  
modules and access the corresponding 

Quick Links


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 Probes and Tips 

and many other
resources at:  


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Tip of the Month
Teaming Up to Expand Training and Technical Assistance to Programs  

Twenty-four motivated professionals from 17 States and Territories recently joined with ECHO Initiative staff in outlining ways to increase the capacity of early care and education, Part C, and health care providers to screen young children for hearing loss. In a two-day meeting, participants discussed each main aspect of hearing screening program development including:

Outreach -> Planning TA -> Training -> Follow-up TA 

Within this framework, a range of professionals can play significant roles in setting up and supporting high-quality Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening programs.   

One exciting new option for "teaming up" to provide TA and Training nationwide will be combining intensive Web Class instruction (delivered by ECHO Initiative staff) with "hands on" support from state-based Pediatric Audiologists and other highly-skilled professionals. This will allow local screening program staff to benefit from:
  • Advice on selecting appropriate equipment and setting up a follow-up tracking system.
  • A standardized web-based training experience.
  • "Live" hands-on instruction and feedback on screener skills.
  • Ongoing assistance in monitoring screening program quality.
In addition to sharing their ideas and expertise on these and other topics, participants from AL, CO, CT, HI, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, NC, NM, OK, OR, UT, VI, and VT also managed to have a little fun in the beautiful Boulder, CO landscape!
Probe of the Month
Do you have the capacity to assist with
OAE hearing screening program development
within your area or State?

Let us know at:  
And, as always, share www.KidsHearing.org with anyone you think would benefit from our resources.     

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Probes and Tips is a newsletter from the ECHO Initiative that provides monthly TIPS

to enhance early childhood hearing screening and follow-up practices and PROBES

 about current activities so we can learn from one another's successes and challenges.