Audiology

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ESD 112 Audiology Department serves 29 school districts in six counties in Southwest Washington.

Audiological Services

Audiological Services

Hearing is essential to the development of spoken language. Hearing impairment, even in mild ranges, can impact speech and language learning which can have far reaching effects on a child’s academics as well as their social and emotional development.

Early hearing evaluations can identify the presence of a hearing loss and allow for implementation of interventions such as hearing aids or other listening/ learning accommodations. Research shows children with hearing loss have the best opportunities for keeping up with normal hearing peers if they are identified and fit with appropriate amplification by 6 months old.

How We Can Help

ESD 112 Audiology Department serves 29 school districts in six counties in Southwest Washington for the following services:

  • Provide comprehensive hearing assessments to any child (ages 6 months – 21 years) within our service area. Evaluations are conducted at NO COST to the family.

  • Fitting and dispensing hearing aids for children with hearing loss. Hearing aids are provided at a reduced cost thanks to state funding. ESD 112 Audiology works with all state and most private insurance companies.

  • Help families find funding sources for hearing-related equipment.

  • Provide assistive technology to hearing impaired students as appropriate and as designated by education support plans. Train students, staff, and teachers on care and use of equipment.

  • Participate in student education support teams and provide recommendations for classroom accommodations. Train teachers and parents how best to support children with hearing loss and their listening needs.

Hearing Impaired Services

Hearing Impaired Services

Contact us for the following services:

  • Classroom help for hearing impaired students
    • Observations and evaluations
  • Consultation to teachers, staff  and parents
  • Equipment monitoring

Who to Contact

Jennifer Lootens, M.Ed

Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3523

Email: jennifer.lootens@esd112.org

Resources

Facts on Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss affects 12,000 children born in the United States each year, making it the most common birth defect. Children with hearing loss who begin early intervention services at a young age have significantly better developmental outcomes than similar children who begin intervention later. Most children with hearing loss who receive appropriate services from trained staff and utilize amplification consistently are able to progress at age-appropriate rates.

Program Contacts

Contact Audiological Services

Parents can contact us or any school staff member can reach us at the numbers listed below. Email is also a great way to get in touch with the audiologists directly.

Katie Osborne, Au.D

Au.D

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3535

Email: katie.osborne@esd112.org

Rachel Dillman, MS CCC-A

CCC-A

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3532

Email: rachel.dillman@esd112.org

Julia Kintz BSN, RN

Health Services Supervisor; School Nurse Corps Administrator

Fax: 360-906-1010

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3519

Email: julia.kintz@esd112.org

Sharon Green

Program Assistant

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3536

Email: sharon.green@esd112.org

Contact Hearing Impaired Services

Jennifer Lootens, M.Ed

Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3523

Email: jennifer.lootens@esd112.org

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Educational Services District 112 is the Clark County Local Lead Agency for Early Support for Infants and Toddlers. To discuss concerns for a child, schedule a screening, or talk with a certified Family Resources Coordinator about Early Intervention services, parents may call the ESIT Intake Coordinator: 360-750-7507 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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