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
Children with hearing loss that are identified and provided access to language BEFORE six months of age are able to learn spoken language at the same rate as their hearing peers.
Create and maintain a care map outlining expected care through the first year of life.
Timely referrals to appropriate providers are critical for reducing loss to follow-up.