The “D” in the Detection of EHDI
lets take a wee look at this part of the EHDI system
EHDI = Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
(we already examined the “I” in EHDI recently at https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/ehdi-what-does-the-i-really-mean/
EHDI has been around for almost two decades now [and the newborn hearing screening even longer and oral/aural ONLY even longer] and Deaf education and Deaf equality is still pretty much in an abysmal state.
all reports in are that things are still rotten in DEafNessMARK. meaning that detecting and tagging and tracking and altering them has not really resulted in marked gains.
Truth of the matter is despite the early detection and intervention and despite CI implantation being on the rise times 2 (as in bilateral) and mainstreaming being on the raise (over 85%) – the literacy rate and employ-ability of Deaf folks is still not great.
but i jump ahead of us – back to the Detection
this is part of the newborn hearing screening, which is the brain child of the National Institute of Health (NIH) conference in 1993 see http://www.infanthearing.org/screening/index.html [but which Marlowe says she developed back in 1983 – 27 years ago. see bottom of this entry for more on Marlowe]
OAE = Otoacoustic Emission hearing screening is used for 0-3 years of age
This is normally done right in the hospital after the birth. It seems pretty automatically done and I dont think it can easily be declined.
The hand held device and all the accessories and replacement parts costs a pretty penny or two. And i dont know if the parents and/or insurance company are automatically billed for each time the test is run – we can imagine the amount of money someone is gaining per set of ears that come into this world every day all across the US of A to be tested is quite handsome cuz its about 4,000,000 births a year here.
ABR = Auditory brainstem response evaluation
This is a more indepth test for the newborns who failed the OAE or got a “referred” instead of “pass” light up on the OAE test. The ABR is done by an audiologist and often involves SEDATION – ie drugging the infant
Info for parents about ABR http://www.infanthearing.org/audiology/appendix.html
I’d give u info about the costs and companies for OAE and ABR equipment that i saw up at the NCHAM website recently but currently that page is saying: The information on this page is in the process of being reassessed and updated. Revised OAE and ABR comparison chart coming soon.
Now who pays for this visit to the audiologist and the testing and drugging?
Seems some of the leaders of the Newborn Hearing Screening push are actually involved in companies or have stock in co. that sell the equipment used to DETECT the Deaf
(see Judith Marlowe PhD, FAAA at Natus Medical Incorporated – she was behind the UNIVERSAL Newborn Hearing Screening, is involved with AG Bell Academy and AVT. Marlowe celebrated the Hear and Say World Wide Launch in Australia. (Hear and Say is Dimitry Dornan’s business – Dornan is famous for having compared Deaf folks to a scourge to be cured like polio and being gleeful over the prospect of consigning Deaf folks to history. Thanks to Shawn for introducing me to Marlowe.
so are we starting to see a pattern of how CI co, hearing aid co, speech pathology co, and all the various Say and Hear types of foundations also have COs and businesses associated with them. Dont even get me started on the lobbying). If you want to see Marlowe in action u can click this video link below then click the CC button and auto transcribe. I think there are many errors – so i didnt watch it in full as some of the statements were creeping me out like Dornan’s older and recent comments do but with this one im not sure how much is the auto transcribe error and how much is Marlowe espousing her new brave world order POV
So after its confirmed that the baby is indeed Deaf a la the Center for Disease Control and Marlowe and Cochlear Ltd and AG Bell Association’s push, what is the scope of the audiologist’s practice – ie what are the audiologist equipped to tell the parents about re: language access, rights, cognitive development, how the Deaf brain works, Deaf folks as a cultural linguistic minority, etc? Well, according to the link below and according to what we learned from the CA. Academy of Audiology last minute ditching of AB 2072 support once ASL+English was put on the table – audiologists are NOT equipped to talk about a fully natural and accessible language for Deaf babies. It is outside their realm of expertise and the scope of their practice so why oh why are all the specialists that the parents and babies meet to TREAT their being Deaf all folks whose expertise is to diminish being Deaf and to deny ASL+English? HMMMMMMM
shall we speak the truth and call the DETECTION component of EHDI for what it is? BIASED
it is folks – there is no getting around it so best to put it on the table and if u dont believe me just check out the Missing Link video by Rachel Benedict on behalf of ASLized – its hot and soaring! http://www.youtube.com/user/aslizedvideos#p/u/1/h5ZqKMgXciU
Also its important to know that the Early Hearing Detection can and does begin before the newborn is even born. When they say EARLY they really mean EARLY – as in before the babies are even created.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is very interested in genetics (see pdf re: CDC’s A Parent’s Guide to Genetics and Hearing Loss) ParentsGuide508 – it has diagrams and pix folks
So there you have it folks – the D for Detection in EHDI
now hopefully u can see the importance in the D in Deaf cuz without it Deaf will soon read as Dead
oh and there are a million more dots to connect – all it requires is…
WAKING UP and STANDING UP