Audiologists determine whether a child has a hearing loss using a diagnostic audiologic evaluation. Babies that do not pass their newborn hearing screening should have this evaluation no later than 3 months of age. Habilitation, including fitting amplification, and initiation of Early Intervention services should occur no later than 6 months of age. They also do the following:
Completes initial diagnostic audiologic evaluation using a battery of physiological testing procedures (JCIH 2007).
Reports the results of the diagnostic audiologic hearing evaluation to the child's PCP, including information that an infant was not successfully tested after being referred for testing.
Reports to the Department of Health, using the Diagnostic Evaluation Reporting Form, the names of all children who received a diagnostic evaluation and those who were not successfully tested after being referred for a diagnostic evaluation.
Makes a referral to Early Intervention for children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss and reports the date of referral to the Department of Health.
Provides parents information about hearing and hearing loss, and communication and education options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Fits children with amplification including hearing aids or other assistive technology; refer for consideration of cochlear implant candidacy when appropriate.