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Hearing Announcements

Contact the Newborn Screening Program

Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Meetings

The 15th Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Meeting will be held March 13-15, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Visit www.ehdimeeting.org starting November 16, 2015 to register and view information about the meeting. 

The 14th Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Meeting was held March 8-10, 2014 in Louisville, KY.  Visit the EHDI Meeting archive to view information from the meeting.  Florida participants met together for the State Stakeholder Meeting during which information about Florida EHDI was shared.

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

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.

Go to Kidshearing for more available resources.

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