Newborn hearing screening brochures are provided to families around the time of the hearing screening and contain information about the screening, the results, and potential next steps. This article describes the results of a study investigating the suitability of current newborn hearing screening brochures, in addition to a study investigating the likelihood that someone would understand a ‘refer’ screening result. These studies reveal that many current newborn hearing screening brochures could be revised to make the information more accessible to families and that the use of the word ‘refer’ to describe a hearing screening result should be avoided because it is potentially confusing to most people.
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- After this course, participants will be able to discuss the importance of designing newborn hearing screening brochures to have accessible information.
- After this course, participants will be able to summarize the accessibility of the current state-level newborn hearing screening brochures.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain why the term ‘refer’ is not the best option for describing newborn hearing screening results.
Erin Margaret Picou
Erin Picou, PhD, CCC-A, is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has been working in the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory since she was an AuD student. After completing her Ph.D. (also at Vanderbilt) she was hired to a research faculty position. She now directs the Hearing and Affect Perception Interest (HAPI) laboratory, which focuses on speech recognition, listening effort, and emotional perception for adults and school-aged children. This work continues to be supported through a variety of industry and federal funding sources. In addition to her research activities, Erin is involved with teaching and mentoring clinical and research graduate. Erin is currently serving as section editors for the American Journal of Audiology and Ear and Hearing.
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