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  • 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

CPT, ICD-9-CM and HCPCS codes that have to do with hearing. Compiled by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM).

This is a helpful guide to codes for hearing screening, hearing loss and related hearing health issues.

This self-assessment tool can be utilized to measure cultural competence in a primary care practice to improve patient care and understanding.

A great website for parents, especially parents who have just learned their child has a hearing loss. Information on hearing loss, how the ear functions, intervention options, building languages, communication options, and family decision-making.

A series of brochures with questions to ask your child's audiologist, ENT (ear, nose & throat) doctor, genetics team, Early Intervention specialist, speech language pathologist and other professionals.

Article for parents on why newborns receive a hearing screening test and the importance of following up with further testing if a child is found to have a hearing loss. Also includes links to other educational materials.

Information for parents and families to help their baby adjust to wearing hearing aids.

This guidelines document is an official statement of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA.)

The American Board of Audiology is an autonomous organization that is dedicated to enhancing audiologic services to the public by promulgating universally recognized standards in professional practice. The ABA encourages audiologists to exceed these prescribed standards, thereby promoting a high level of professional development and ethical practice. The ABA offers a pediatric audiology specialty certification.

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The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) works with physicians to ensure that babies receive a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age and that babies who do not pass their hearing screening receive a diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age.

Find out more about the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

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