Newborn hearing screenings help with early detection of hearing loss in infants. For newborns that fail the early screening, a complete hearing evaluation before three months of age is needed to determine if the child has hearing loss. Scheduling and traveling to this evaluation can be challenging for new parents who don’t live near a hospital or a pediatric audiologist.
The Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has partnered with Educational Service Unit locations in western Nebraska to offer the evaluation through a HIPAA-compliant encrypted video. An audiologist at the Barkley Clinic provides the screening and coordinates services with a trained Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing available at the ESU site.
Currently, the infant tele-audiology services are available at ESU locations in Chadron, North Platte, Ogallala, Scottsbluff and Sidney. To learn more about the services offered through the Barkley Clinic, visit go.unl.edu/barkley-clinic.