Audiologists are essential in the role of determining whether a child has a hearing loss. According to JCIH (2019), the audiologist completes the initial diagnostic evaluation using a battery of physiological testing procedures. Once a child has been diagnosed with a confirmed hearing loss, it is important that he/she be seen by their audiologist for management and follow-up care. The audiologist provides parents with information about hearing loss, communication options, educational options and personal amplification.
The goals for babies born in Arkansas are 1, 3, 6:
- Screen all newborn's hearing before they leave the hospital;
- Re-test those who do not pass the first screen before 1 month of age;
- Confirm hearing loss by diagnostic audiologic testing before 3 months of age; and
- Enroll infants identified with hearing loss in appropriate early intervention services before 6 months of age.
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