The Visual and Auditory Function Screening is part of the PowerPath to Education and Employment’s Basic Screening.For additional information on the PowerPath System please visit www.PowerPath.com.
Adequate auditory function is an important element of processing information in a learning or workplace environment. Listening to instructions, taking in-class notes, participating in discussions, socializing with fellow participants or employees, and using audio and video materials all require a basic level of auditory function. Without good hearing, participating in tasks used in building basic skills can be both difficult and frustrating.
This video shows Monica, an adult education instructor, using the Pure Tone Sweep Frequency Screening to measure Karissa’s auditory functions.
PowerPath’s software-generated report will offer the participant a variety of adaptations and strategies to manage the specific aspects of Auditory Function Challenges that may lead to difficulties with sustaining education and/or employment. When a challenge is noted on the Auditory Function Screening, it is recommended that the participant be rescreened in two to three weeks. A Referral Form will be added to the participant’s report if needed for follow-up with a medical specialist.
Poor hearing, if not addressed, can be a serious challenge to learning. This screening allows instructors to quickly identify students with hearing difficulties, select adaptations and strategies, and make needed referrals to a hearing specialist.
PowerPath’s Auditory Function Screening takes less than five minutes and screens for a hearing loss. When an individual is screened, the outcome can range from “no” hearing loss, to a “specific ear has a loss at a specific frequency/volume level.” Participants identified as having an auditory challenge (in either ear and for various ranges) are re-screened in two to three weeks before being referred to a licensed audiologist or to a family physician for a complete auditory function assessment to determine if there may be another medical issue underlying the hearing loss.
A follow-up re-screening is conducted to rule out allergies, colds, sinus or upper respiratory infections, etc. Having this new knowledge or validation of previous knowledge about a hearing challenge, many participants find that using the recommended adaptations and strategies is enough to manage their hearing loss in education and workplace situations.
What materials and equipment do I need to do the Auditory Function Screening?
PowerPath’s Basic or Starter Kit includes a high-quality, durable audiometer for the Pure Tone Sweep Frequency Screening. If you are using an audiometer other than the one provided with PowerPath, you’ll see that almost all audiometers work just about the same. Therefore, PowerPath’s instructions will work with most audiometers.
To ensure accurate screenings, be sure to have your audiometer calibrated annually. Calibration means that the audiometer is checked and adjusted by an acoustics technician. This can easily be done with your PowerPath audiometer. If you have misplaced the calibration information, just call the PowerLine for the steps you need to take for calibration. Without an annual calibration, screenings will not be valid.
What is the difference between hearing and listening?
Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. Hearing takes place when something disturbs the atmosphere and that disturbance takes the form of pressure waves that strike our ear drums as sound. It’s the way we perceive sound. This occurs naturally when we hear the words someone else is speaking. Words are merely vibrations in the atmosphere. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. We smile, keep eye contact, nod, or perhaps respond, but are we listening? Not always!
Listening is different. It expands on hearing when we pay attention to the meaning of what we are hearing. Listening is something you consciously choose to do. Listening is a purposeful and conscious effort to interpret the sounds we are hearing, requiring the mind to concentrate on what is being heard. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening also requires that we are open to the meaning of the other person’s words so that we enter into the experience those words are meant to convey. Listening leads to learning.
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Key components of this screening include disinfecting the headphones; moving hair, glasses, hats, or earrings away from the ears; and placing the headphones on properly.
Conduct the screening in a quiet, distraction-free environment. Be sure there is adequate bright lighting.
Review ”A Note to the Screener” on the first page of the Screening Plates. That page explains how to use the Screening Plates and the unique features that ensure accurate and reliable assessment results.
Directions for administering the screening are included in this User’s Guide, on the Screening Plates, in the Response Booklet, and on the Auditory Function Screening form.
PRACTICE THE SCREENING ON FOUR TO FIVE NON-PARTICIPANTS. After you have practiced the screening, you’ll be ready to assess a program participant.
The PowerPath Basic Screening Plates give you specific instructions for the screening, provide a list of additional materials needed to conduct the screening, and tell you specifically what to say. The screening is standardized and normed. Therefore, to achieve accurate results, it is important to read each screening plate exactly as it is written. If the participant does not understand what you have said after you’ve read the statements on the screening plate, you can restate the directions in your own words.
Do not give the screening instructions to the participant from memory! It is critical that the screening be administered the same way every time it is given, regardless of who is giving the screening.
Assign directly to your students using the code or link above, without having them log in. Simply tell your students to go to
www.pbsstudents.org and enter the Assignment Code, or click on the Assignment URL to share the assignment as a link.