Understanding Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Presenter(s): Kim Scott, Mandy Jay, Tammy Vanover, AuD


In 2019, a total of 62 infants were diagnosed with permanent hearing loss in Arkansas. Children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) have the potential for positive outcomes. Delays in identification and intervention present a neurodevelopmental emergency, as it can be associated with delays in speech, language, and communication that hinder the child’s ability to reach their full potential. With early detection/diagnosis and appropriate intervention occurring in accordance with national 1-3-6 guidelines, as outlined by the Joint Committee for Infant Hearing, D/HH children can often achieve similar levels as their hearing peers. In 2019, Arkansas only reported diagnosis for 20% of infants who failed the newborn hearing screening. This session will cover recommended practices for the detection and intervention for D/HH young children in addition to resources that are available for families/providers in Arkansas. Information on how to access and collaborate with the various agencies/programs in Arkansas that support and address the needs of D/HH children and their families will be shared along with information on how to work with these programs to achieve optimal outcomes for the children.


Kim Scott has worked with the Arkansas Department of Health for the past twelve years serving in roles as a Public Health Educator, Infant Hearing Program Manager, and Child and Adolescent Health Section Chief. Additionally, she has served as the state EHDI Coordinator since 2015. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Health Science.

Mandy Jay is a mom to three daughters, two of whom have hearing loss. She collaborated with parents and professionals on the formation of the Arkansas chapter of Hands & Voices (H&V), including mission, planning and development. She served as Chapter Coordinator and then co-president for the chapter. She is now the Guide by Your Side (GBYS) Co-coordinator for their GBYS program and board member for ARH&V. In addition to her work with Arkansas Hands & Voices, she works for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM).

Dr. Tammy Vanover educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders from Henderson State University, a Master of Science degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Doctoral degree in Audiology from the University of Florida. She has been a practicing Audiologist since 1991. She served on the AR Speech Language and Hearing Association Board of Directors and the AR Academy of Audiology Board of Directors as well as an adjunct professor for the UALR/UAMS Doctoral Audiology Program. She currently serves on the Universal NB Hearing Screening, Tracking and Intervention Advisory Board.


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