March, 2017       

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ECHO Initiative  Events 
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New OAE Training
Web Class: 

Four Sessions
Apr. 24, Apr. 27, May 1, and May 4, 2017
1 p.m. EST
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New Live Webinars 
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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NEW Coffee Break Mini-Webinar
Middle Ear Infections: Implications for Hearing Screening and Follow-up

Thursday, April 13, 2017
1-1:15 p.m. EST

ECHO Initiative
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Tip of the Month
New Resources to Prepare Parents 
for a Child's Audiological Evaluation   
Most children will pass a simple hearing screening, but those who do not need further evaluation. The final step may require referral to a pediatric audiologist. Our colleagues at Utah State University recently developed some great resources to help parents know what to expect during an audiologic evaluation. Familiarizing parents in advance with what a sound booth looks like, and what to expect during their child's evaluation, can help them to feel comfortable making an appointment and completing the assessment. And, if the parent is relaxed during the visit to the audiologist, it will help the child to relax and engage in the testing process.
Available in English ( and Spanish (, these videos describe in simple language the behavioral assessments that a pediatric audiologist may employ to evaluate a child's hearing:

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA), used with infants and toddlers 6 mos. - 2 ½ yrs. of age, involves teaching the child to turn to look at a visually reinforcing toy or animated object whenever a sound is heard.  The audiologist then presents a series of sounds and documents the child's response or lack of response.  


Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA), used with toddlers & young children 24 mos. - 5 yrs. of age, involves teaching a child to drop a toy in a bucket (or some other enjoyable activity) whenever a sound is heard. The audiologist then presents a series of sounds and documents the child's response or lack of response.    

Typically, assessment responses will be charted on an audiogram. The audiogram, along with additional information obtained from Otoacoustic Emissions and Tympanometry procedures, will be used to determine the hearing status of each ear.   
If a hearing loss is diagnosed and hearing aids are recommended, additional videos describe hearing aid use and hearing aid care. These resources will be equally helpful to parents and early care and education providers. 
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