American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Clinical Practice Guideline

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing
Year 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (2007).
Pediatrics, 120(4), 898-921.

AGREE Rating: Highly Recommended

Description:

This consensus-based guideline provides recommendations for screening infants for hearing loss, assessing infants identified as at-risk for hearing impairment, and providing appropriate early intervention for infants with hearing impairment. The intended audience of these guidelines is not specified, however is relevant to all professionals involved in the screening, assessment or treatment of hearing in infants.

Recommendations:

Recommendations made since the Year 2000 Position Statement include:

  • Separate hearing screening and rescreening protocols for NICU and well babies.
  • Diagnostic and treatment services provided by audiologists with skills and expertise in evaluating infants with hearing loss to include specific tests and timelines.
  • Genetics consultation and otolaryngology services should be provided to families of infants with hearing loss.
  • Infants with identified hearing loss should receive early intervention services from providers with expertise in hearing loss, including speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • Surveillance, screening and appropriate communication should be provided to families of infants with hearing loss.

Keywords: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Hearing Loss

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Added to Compendium: November 2011

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