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Hearing Screening 

By working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other regional institutions, we aim to study the practices and outcomes, and help to optimize follow-up and management after newborn, pediatrician, and school-based hearing screening programs to improve the identification and treatment of all ages of children with hearing impairment.

Congenital CMV-associated Hearing Loss

Infection during pregnancy with cytomegalovirus (CMV) is most common acquired cause of hearing loss in newborn babies. We are working with local birthing hospitals and local state agencies to standardize testing protocols for CMV infection in babies who do not pass their newborn hearing screens.

Database

All children seen in the hearing-loss clinic are administered a standardized assessment in each of the multiple specialty domains. Comprehensive, multi-dimensional, longitudinal tracking of these assessments in a hearing-loss database will allow the analysis of the complex interplay between the different aspects of care for children with hearing impairment. Through this information, we hope to learn how hearing impairment affects children and families, and how best to help families learn to help their child listen and communicate.