Introducing the Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum Although hospital based universal newborn hearing screening programs have been implemented in the majority of hospitals in the country, state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs and hospitals face the ongoing challenge of ensuring that all screening staff are properly trained and competent. Inadequately trained screening staff jeopardizes the ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2008
Introducing the Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Randi Winston
    EAR Foundation of Arizona (EFAZ), Phoenix, AZ
    National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), Utah State University, Logan, UT
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Article   |   October 01, 2008
Introducing the Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2008, Vol. 18, 39-43. doi:10.1044/hhdc18.2.39
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2008, Vol. 18, 39-43. doi:10.1044/hhdc18.2.39
Abstract

Although hospital based universal newborn hearing screening programs have been implemented in the majority of hospitals in the country, state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs and hospitals face the ongoing challenge of ensuring that all screening staff are properly trained and competent. Inadequately trained screening staff jeopardizes the integrity and efficiency of the early identification and intervention process. Over the past 2 ½ years, a team of experts dedicated to newborn hearing screening, represented by The EAR Foundation of Arizona (EFAZ) and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University (NCHAM), collaborated on a project to develop a competency based, multi-media training curriculum to meet hospitals’ training needs. The goal was to provide a consistent and comprehensive training solution to help hospitals achieve an improved standard of care to babies and families through efficient screening practices. A draft version was piloted and evaluated in 10 EHDI state programs. Feedback from 70 hospitals was incorporated. This document will discuss considerations and methods used for development and an overview of the curriculum content.

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