Current Status and Potential Changes in the Early Behavioral Intervention With Infants With Hearing Loss The Healthy People 2010 initiative (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000) and the Joint Committee of Infant Hearing Year 2000  Position Statement on the Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs (Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, 2000) proposed that all infants born with hearing ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2002
Current Status and Potential Changes in the Early Behavioral Intervention With Infants With Hearing Loss
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  • Sheila Pratt
    Department of Communication Science & Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Article   |   April 01, 2002
Current Status and Potential Changes in the Early Behavioral Intervention With Infants With Hearing Loss
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2002, Vol. 8, 5-8. doi:10.1044/hcoa8.1.5
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2002, Vol. 8, 5-8. doi:10.1044/hcoa8.1.5
The Healthy People 2010 initiative (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000) and the Joint Committee of Infant Hearing Year 2000  Position Statement on the Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs (Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, 2000) proposed that all infants born with hearing loss be screened by one month of age, that the hearing loss be diagnosed by 3 months of age, and that the infants diagnosed with hearing loss be enrolled into early intervention by 6 months of age. The committee also recommended that, when appropriate, hearing aids should be fitted within one month of confirmation of an infant's hearing loss. While there are various reasons why these guidelines cannot be met for every infant with hearing loss (particularly the hearing aid fitting timeline), many states are making efforts to meet the guidelines and are finding that with increased experience they are approximating to the proposed goals (Barsky-Firsker & Sun, 1997; Dalzell, Orlando, MacDonald, et al., 2000; Finitzo, Albright, & O'Neil, 1998; Vohr, Carty, Moore, & Letourneau, 1998). As a consequence of these efforts, an increase has been evidenced in the number of young infants with hearing loss receiving early intervention services.
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