Public School Hearing Conservation in Oregon This study investigated the status of public school hearing conservation in Oregon following 4 years of school district control. A questionnaire was distributed to 103 program coordinators for all school districts with elementary grades. Results demonstrated that: (a) a large number of children were excluded from program identification and management; ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1987
Public School Hearing Conservation in Oregon
 
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  • Rodney O. Pelson is an associate professor of audiology and Jill M. Trestik is a research assistant at the Crippled Children's Division of The Oregon Health Sciences University, P.O. Box 574, Portland, OR 97207. Requests for reprints may be sent to them at this address.
    Rodney O. Pelson is an associate professor of audiology and Jill M. Trestik is a research assistant at the Crippled Children's Division of The Oregon Health Sciences University, P.O. Box 574, Portland, OR 97207. Requests for reprints may be sent to them at this address.×
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Research Article   |   July 01, 1987
Public School Hearing Conservation in Oregon
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1987, Vol. 18, 241-249. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1803.241
History: Received February 17, 1986 , Accepted July 23, 1986
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1987, Vol. 18, 241-249. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1803.241
History: Received February 17, 1986; Accepted July 23, 1986

This study investigated the status of public school hearing conservation in Oregon following 4 years of school district control. A questionnaire was distributed to 103 program coordinators for all school districts with elementary grades. Results demonstrated that: (a) a large number of children were excluded from program identification and management; (b) there was wide variability across programs; and (c) audiologist participation in hearing conservation was almost nonexistent in the Oregon public schools. Recommendations included the development and implementation of a minimum standard for school hearing conservation programs and the development of a certification credential for audiologists to work in the public schools. It was suggested that the Oregon Department O f Education, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, and representatives of the speech-language pathology and audiology community work cooperatively to improve hearing conservation services to Oregon school children.

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