The Past, Present and Future: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Contact Name: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano
Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences, University of Colorado at Boulder; Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology, University of Colorado at Denver; and the Marion Downs Hearing Center. She isa world leader in research and, for 30 years, has been studying language, speech, and social-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants and children. Her ground-breaking research has produced unequivocal evidence that early detection and intervention of hearing loss is successful in having a significant impact on language learning of children with hearing loss.
Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano received her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, followed by a masters degree in education of the hearing impaired, and her PhD in audiology and hearing impairment from Northwestern University. She is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and an audiologist. In 1996, she and co-investigator Kathy Arehart received a five-year MCH grant for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening that established the Marion Downs National Center, now the Marion Downs Hearing Center. The present co-director, Sandra Abbot Gabbard, states that Dr. Yoshinaga-Itanos research has had a broad impact: Health and education policies have changed globally; professional standards in audiology, medicine, early childhood and deaf education have been revised; and families worldwide with children who are deaf and hard of hearing have new hope for their childrens futures