Universal newborn hearing screening is now standard practice across Pennsylvania and has resulted in earlier diagnosis and treatment for many babies. Despite this success, there are numerous unresolved issues that can impact timely care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Pediatricians must be especially sensitive to two of these issues: 1) nationally 30% of babies who do not pass their newborn screen are lost to follow up and 2) newborn screening will not pick up many cases of mild hearing loss or children with progressive or late-onset hearing loss. This webinar/teleconference for PA pediatricians and their office staff will highlight why pediatricians must be acutely aware of these issues, assure prompt follow up of babies not passing their newborn screen, and continue to serve as a resource to families if hearing loss is diagnosed. In addition, the need to identify risk factors that may increase a child’s chances of developing later onset hearing difficulties will be emphasized. To register, email to .
The Family Learning Conference 2016, for families of children who have both a vision and hearing loss, is being held on June 24 and 25 at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg. Come experience sharing, caring, and learning together with staff fromPaTTAN and the Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project and other families living with deaf-blindness. If your child has both a vision and hearing loss, your family (parents/guardians, siblings and child with deaf-blindness) may be eligible to attend the weekend conference at little or no cost. For more information, contact Molly Black or Patti McGowan .
A team of researchers have developed and successfully implanted an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in 4 children who could not previously hear because they did not have an auditory nerve. The ABI is considered revolutionary because it stimulates neurons at the brainstem directly and completely bypasses the inner ear.
Hearing screening test for all
babies no later than 1 month of age
Diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age if baby did not pass hearing screening test
Early intervention no later than 6 months of age if baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss