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Hearing Announcements

Contact the Newborn Screening Program

Meet Me Calls

"Meet Me Calls” are statewide conference calls/webinars that focus on various topics related to infant hearing.  Below are links to the presentation material for each call.

July 2010 Perfecting Your Screening Technique Presentation
by Florida Newborn Screening Program Staff 
September 2010 Sharing Hearing Screening Results with Parents: Do's and Don'ts Presentation
 by Florida Newborn Screening Program Staff
November 2010 Documenting and Reporting Hearing Screenings/Evaluations
by Florida Newborn Screening Program Staff
February 2011 Genetics and Hearing Loss
by Jennifer A. Defant, M.S., C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor with the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Florida
June 2011 Cochlear Implants in Children
by Stacy Payne, MA, CCC-A of Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville
August 2011 Being #1 with Newborn Hearing Screening Data Powerpoint
by Florida Newborn Screening Program Staff
November 2011 Role of Midwives
by Layla Swisher, Licensed Midwife and President of the Florida Midwife Association.
January 2012 Changing Trends in EHDI Reimbursement
by Robert Fifer, Ph.D., Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Mailman Center for Child Devlopment, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine.
April 2012 Risk Factors for Hearing Loss in Children
by James W. Hall III, Clinical Professor of The University of Florida Department, Department of Sppech, Language, and Hearing Services.
August 2012 Ensuring Appropriate Hearing Screening Follow Up PowerPoint
by Florida Newborn Screening Program staff.
August 2012 Healthy Start in Florida
by Karen Coon with Florida Department of Health Infant, Maternal and Reproductive Health.
December 2012 Early Intervention Services for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
by Lynn Miskiel, M.A., CCC-SLP/ A,LSLS Cert AVEd., Director for Ancillary Services at University of Miami Debbie School and President of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Florida Chapter.
April 2013 Reimbursement for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
by Robert Fifer, Ph.D., Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Mailman Center for Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine

13th Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Meeting

The 13th Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Meeting will be held in Jacksonville, FL on April 13-15, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront.  Abstract submissions are being accepted July 26 through October 7, 2013.  Registration opens November 15th, 2013.  The EHDI Meeting has built a strong reputation for bringing together a wide variety of attendees including those who: work in state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs; assist in EHDI efforts on the federal level; provide screening, diagnostic and early intervention support at the state/local level to young children with hearing loss and their families; champion Medical Home activities within each state; are parents of children with hearing loss; or are deaf or hard-of-hearing adults who are helping to expand opportunities for young children with hearing loss. EHDI Meeting participants will range from state and local programs to the federal level and from academics to families. Visit www.ehdimeeting.org for more information.

Florida Summit on Childhood Deafness

The 2013 Florida Summit on Childhood Deafness was held November 8-9, 2013 at Westin Lake Mary in Lake Mary, FL. This conference, usually held annually, combines the resources of Florida groups related to deafness and offers one joint conference with a focus on children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 0-22 and their families.The mission of the Florida Summit on Childhood Deafness is to bring together those working in the field of childhood deafness ages birth through twenty two (22) in order to provide an inclusive forum for exchange of information, closer collaborations, and opportunities for building shared support systems for Florida's children and families. Visit the Florida Summit on Childhood Deafness website for more information regarding the next summit.
 

The ECHO (Early Childhood Hearing Outreach) Initiative


Florida is proud to be an ECHO Initiative participant. The goal of the ECHO Initiative is to provide early childhood educators and health providers with up-to-date information on recommended Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening practices so that children 0 - 3 years of age with hearing health needs receive appropriate services.

The ECHO Initiative has provided training, an OAE device, and technical assistance to establish model OAE screening practices with Pasco County Early Head Start, Florida State University Gadsden County Early Head Start, and Florida's Migrant Head Start program. These programs receive support in implementing exemplary OAE screening and follow-up practices and serve as examples, leaders and consultants to other Head Start and early childhood programs in their state.

Watch the Introduction to Periodic OAE Screening video for the basics.

Check out the How Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening Works video to find out about OAE testing.

See the Overview of the OAE Screening & Follow-up Protocol video to learn how the ECHO screening process works.

View these Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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