Outpatient Hearing Rescreen Clinics at the University of Guam CEDDERS

On June 1, Cathy Tydingco, GEIS Coordinator, met with Guam CEDDERS personnel, June De Leon, Marie Wusstig, and Michelle Aguigui, to provide an overview of its current staffing challenges and update the status of GDOE Audiology’s office relocation and staffing the audiology unit.  The discussion focused on options for outpatient hearing screening to resume for infants born at Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) who did not pass the initial hearing screening.  One option offered by Guam CEDDERS was the use of Guam CEDDERS House 30 located at the University of Guam Dean Circle for the location of the Outpatient Hearing Screening Clinics.  As a result of this meeting, the GEIS Coordinator connected with the GDOE Audiologist, David Zieber, and presented the options discussed.  In collaboration with GDOE Audiology, GEIS, and Guam  EHDI project resumed outpatient hearing rescreen appointments for infants born at GMHA on June 18.

In preparation for the June 18th Outpatient Hearing Rescreen Clinic, Guam EHDI staff met with the GEIS coordinator and GDOE Audiologist and staff to do a walkthrough of House 30, review the COVID 19 Safety Protocols for families and staff, and to further discuss how each program would provide support to resume the Outpatient Hearing Rescreen Clinics at House 30.  Guam EHDI Director Michelle Aguigui offered additional days per week to screen children at House 30.  As a result of this offer, GEIS/GDOE Audiology will screen children two days a week, beginning June 24.  The Hearing Screening Clinic dates will run every Thursday and Friday, starting on June 18 and ending with the last clinic on July 30.

Parents can contact GEIS at 300-5776 or Guam EHDI at 735-2466  to determine if their child needs additional testing or follow-up services.

On June 18, the Guam Department of Education Audiology Department resumed the Outpatient Hearing Screening Clinic for infants from Guam Memorial Hospital Authority at the University of Guam, Dean’s Circle House 30.  The clinic was staffed by Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) staff, GDOE Audiology staff with support from the Guam EHDI staff. Ron Nochefranca, GDOE Audiometirst, conducts an Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) to screen the infant.  L – R:  Ron Nochefranca, GDOE Audiometrist; Jacquelyn Hall, mother; Duncan Hall, infant.

Not Shown:  David Zeiber, GDOE Audiologist; R-Leen Mario, GEIS Service Coordinator