The Indiana (EHDI) Alert Response System (EARS) was created to improve follow up on babies who do not pass their newborn hearing screening, who do not receive a newborn hearing screening, or who are at risk for delayed onset hearing loss. It also has improved communication among hospital and birth centers’ staff, EHDI, audiologists, family support groups and early intervention services.
Course created on October 7, 2015
- After this course learners will be able to explain ways to improve communication with birthing facilities regarding reporting newborn hearing screening results and recommendations.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the need for Family Support and the connection between EHDI and Guide By Your Side.
- After this course learners will be able to discuss features necessary to create a newborn hearing screening data tracking system designed to improve f/u on babies not screened, those that did not pass or those at risk for late-onset or progressive hearing loss.
|5-15 Minutes||Indiana EHDI|
|25-35 Minutes||Audiologists Role|
|45-50 Minutes||Indiana CDC Data|
|50-55 Minutes||Future Directions|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Rebekah F. Cunningham, PhD
Rebekah Cunningham, PhD is the Director for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program at the Indiana State Department of Health Department of Genomics and Newborn Screening. She was formerly at Cardon Children's Medical Center Department of Audiology in Mesa, AZ, where she performed comprehensive evaluations and provided rehabilitation to infants and young children. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University (ATSU), the Arizona School of Health Sciences for twelve years. Her passion has always been pediatric-focused, whether teaching Au.D. students, providing services or overseeing the Program responsible for ensuring timely and appropriate newborn hearing screenings and follow up to the babies in Indiana. She has served for nearly 20 years on committees and task forces for local and national audiology organizations. Dr. Cunningham has taught, presented, and published for over 15 years on the topics of assessment and management of children with hearing loss and/or auditory processing difficulties.
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