Early Hearing Detection and Intervention A roadmap to success

Outpatient screening: before one month


Standardize communications (written and verbal) with parents about hearing screening results

Provide clear communication about next steps using the Patient Checklist for Primary Care Providers

Identify two points of contact for families of infants who did not pass such as a relative or friend

Offer a referral to Minnesota Hands and Voices

Schedule the follow-up appointment during the visit

Report the results to the family, the primary care provider, and Minnesota Department of Health

Closing the follow-up gap: Outpatient screening

Role of Outpatient Screening Staff

Important Steps to Cover

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Tips for Improvement

Misconception: Abnormal OAE’s along with flat tympanograms (normal volume) confirms a conductive hearing loss

Clinical Fact: Diagnostic ABR including bone conduction testing is needed in combination with OAE’s and tympanograms for a complete diagnosis of type and degree of hearing loss in each ear


Misconception: Middle ear fluid prevents completion of diagnostic ABR

Clinical Fact: Underlying sensory loss can and should be ruled out as soon as possible through use of bone conduction ABR stimuli


Misconception: Babies need to be sedated to complete ABR testing

Clinical Fact: Babies younger than 3 months can typically be tested without need for sedation


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