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Newborn Hearing Screening

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Parent Resources

In an effort to promote public awareness regarding Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, a four-pronged approach covering all steps involved throughout the diagnosis of a possible hearing loss, was developed by the Alaska Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program. For hard copies of these materials, please click here for order form, or click here to go to program contact information.

Alaska’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) general brochure(Click hereto order this brochure)includes basic information about newborn hearing screening, including information about what the screening is and why it is being done, and strives to represent all Alaskans by including photos of children from various ethnic backgrounds.
The brochure is intended for pregnant mothers, those women that have just given birth, and the general public. Ideal locations for delivery of the brochure include, but are not limited to, childbirth and prenatal classes, ob/gyns offices, mother baby units, and birthing centers.

“What’s the Next Step?” brochure (Click here to order this brochure) includes information about who parents should contact in their community for further testing regarding a suspected hearing loss and why this is important in terms of reducing or minimizing developmental delays. “What’s the Next Step?” is intended for parents of newborns who refer, or do not pass, the hearing screening in the nursery. It will be available for nurses, audiologists and other health care providers who work with children and hearing loss, to deliver to parents as needed.

Basic Information About Hearing Loss(Click here to order this brochure) was developed in a format easy for parents to read and locate information about what should be done next after a hearing loss is detected, who to contact, why the hearing loss may have occurred, and other basics regarding how best for parents to help an infant/child with hearing loss. The brochure is a condensed version of the parent resource manual and may prove more appropriate for families to receive immediately following a confirmed hearing loss diagnosis, rather than the manual.

Alaska’s Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) parent resource manual (Click here to order/download this manual)is in a format easy for parents to read and divided into sections to make it simple to locate information such as introductions, frequently asked questions, checklists, resources, and terminology. Included in the manual are topics including information regarding hearing loss, tests, early intervention, advocacy, communication options, and educational options.

“Sounds & Silence: A Guide To Identifying Hearing Loss in Children” was developed to educate primary healthcare providers throughout Alaska residing in rural communities, specifically Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps), about the importance of early hearing detection. For infants/children living in rural communities, it is imperative that the primary healthcare providers be given the knowledge necessary for early detection of hearing loss, as well as surveillance of infants/children identified at birth with high risk factors for progressive hearing loss. The 15-minute video/DVD will educate the viewer about hearing loss, the high risk factors for progressive hearing loss, the developmental milestones for speech and hearing, and most importantly, the proper protocol regarding diagnosis and early intervention for an infant/child with a suspected hearing loss. To view a 90 second segment from the video, click here (The clip is 42 MB). To order copies of the video, click here.