Audiologists

Audiologists determine whether a child has a hearing loss using a diagnostic audiologic evaluation. Babies that do not pass their newborn hearing screening should have this evaluation no later than 3 months of age. Habilitation, including fitting amplification, and initiation of Early Intervention services should occur no later than 6 months of age.

What is the role of the audiologist in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program?

  • Completes initial diagnostic audiologic evaluation using a battery of physiological testing procedures (JCIH 2007).
  • Reports the results of the diagnostic audiologic hearing evaluation to the child's PCP, including information that an infant was not successfully tested after being referred for testing.
  • Reports to the Department of Health, using the Diagnostic Evaluation Reporting Form, the names of all children who received a diagnostic evaluation and those who were not successfully tested after being referred for a diagnostic evaluation.
  • Makes a referral to Early Intervention for children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss and reports the date of referral to the Department of Health.
  • Provides parents information about hearing and hearing loss, and communication and education options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Fits children with amplification including hearing aids or other assistive technology; refers for consideration of cochlear implant candidacy when appropriate.

View the complete Newborn Hearing Screening Program Guidelines

What does an audiologist need to provide in order to perform a diagnostic audiologic evaluation?

The Newborn Hearing Screening Guidelines outline the steps involved in a diagnostic audiologic evaluation on pages 7 and 8.

How does an audiologist report to the Pennsylvania Department of Health?

Audiologists should submit the PA Department of Health form "Diagnostic Evaluation Reporting Form" for all babies and children seen for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation.

How do I help families find parent support?

Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania (GBYS) is a support program for families of infants and toddlers who are diagnosed with a hearing loss. GBYS gives families, who recently learned their child is deaf or hard of hearing, an opportunity to talk and meet face-to-face with a Parent Guide, a trained and experienced parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. The program is available to all Pennsylvania families with children up to age 3 at no cost. Read full details about Hands & Voice Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania provides support to families of children with special health care needs, including children with hearing loss, by linking them to a parent who has a child with the same special health care need. Learn more at the Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania website.

The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) works with audiologists to ensure that babies who do not pass their newborn hearing screening receive a diagnostic evaluation no later than 3 months of age. Audiologists report the results of a child’s hearing evaluation to the child’s primary care physician and to PA DOH.

Find out more about the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program