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What is the role of pediatricians, family physicians, and other allied health care professionals in the LA EHDI process?

The primary health care professional works in partnership with parents in a medical home, which is not a building but an approach that is family centered, continuous, culturally sensitive, compassionate, and coordinated.

Medical Home: Primary Care Physician

  • monitors general health and well-being
  • ensures audiological assessments for infants who do not pass hearing screenings
  • refers for medical specialty evaluations and coordinate with other specialists
  • reviews medical history for risk factors that require monitoring for late-onset or progressive hearing loss and ensure that an audiological evaluation is completed at least once by 24 or 30 months of age
  • conducts regular surveillance of developmental milestones, auditory skills, parental concerns, and middle ear status consistent with the AAP pediatric periodicity schedule

Medical Home: Parents

  • access available resources to make informed choices for their child and family
  • participate in scheduled appointments with physicians, audiologists and other professionals
  • love, nurture, and communicate with their child

*Roles developed by JCIH, 2007 Position Statement