I would be interested in hearing how others are following up new-born
hearing screenings that are done in hospital. For well-baby screenings, if
the child fails the screening in hospital, who does the follow-up? If the
child passes the follow-up, is he/she released or is future testing
attempted? When? Until what age?
For high risk babies, if the child fails in hospital, who does the follow-up
testing, and when? If the child passes either the initial screening or a
follow-up eval, are they released or followed? If followed, until what age?
How is the issue of no-show follow-up appointments dealt with?
I know each state deals with this differently. When I was in central
Louisiana we were attempting to follow high risk infants who failed in
hospital through age 2 (with an exceptionally high no show rate.) Here in
Alabama, it doesn't seem that extensive, and many (most?) children are
released after one pass (either in hospital or upon follow-up.)
I may be needing to set up a protocol for follow-up to our babies who fail
the screen in hospital and would like to hear how others are doing it.
David J. Coffin, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA
Director of Audiology