Under the general supervision of the BC Early Hearing Program (BCEHP) Regional Coordinator and the working supervision of the Lead Hearing Screener, the Hearing Screener conducts hearing screening tests on newborn infants. The Hearing Screener identifies infants to screen based on preset criteria set by the Early Hearing Program, monitors and troubleshoots computerized hearing screening equipment, reviews edits and disseminates patient materials, documents and communicates results, and schedules and arranges for follow up appointments. Additionally they promote awareness of hearing loss and maximal use/preservation of hearing abilities. The Hearing Screener works cooperatively with families, professionals, agencies and community members to facilitate a team approach in addressing the hearing related needs of newborns and their families.
Identifies infants from the general newborn population who are eligible for hearing screening by following the BCEHP protocols and established criteria to determine when screening should be performed on infants and the appropriate method to be used, and communicating determinations to the caregivers.
Administers computerized hearing screenings to infants who meet the preset criteria by methods such as cleaning skin, attaching electrodes if needed, inserting ear tips into the ear canal and/or placing earphones over the infants external ears.
Documents screening pass or not pass results in patient medical charts and other NICU documentation as required; enters results into the BCEHP data system.
Monitors and troubleshoots the functioning of screening and audiology equipment by performing listening checks, replacing batteries, cleaning/disinfecting units; performing minor maintenance and making arrangements for repairs including ongoing calibration.
Reviews patient materials by checking that program information is current; and disseminates patient materials including information brochures and correspondence to families.
Schedules infants for follow up appointments and refers to the appropriate location for diagnostic hearing assessments. Promotes compliance with follow up appointments by use of the phone, fax and email.
Confirms the presence or absence of preset hearing risk factors by methods such as following established protocol and checklists, reviewing patient charts, and observing newborn to confirm the presence or absence of preset hearing risk factors.
Communicates screening results and general hearing information to the infant’s family or guardian as well as other professionals involved in the infant’s care.
Monitors stock, supplies and equipment, reporting shortages and preparing necessary forms to requisition for purposes of inventory control.
Records workload data for statistical purposes. Completes, maintains and submits computerized and manual statistics.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education, Training and Experience
Grade 12, two (2) years’ recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills and Abilities
Ability to keyboard at 40 w.p.m.
Knowledge of medical terminology.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to deal with other effectivey.
Ability to organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
BCCH is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: • Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,000 births a year, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.
BCCH and BCW are program’s of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: • Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.