MidAtlantic Newborn and Infant Medical Services (MANIMS) is comprised of audiologists, physicians, and audiology assistants who provide hearing screening services to infants prior to hospital discharge. In the United States, more than 12,000 infants are born each year with a hearing deficit, making it one of the most commonly occurring congenital defects. In view of the large number of children born with hearing loss, the state of New Jersey mandated universal screening of newborns in 2002. The goal of newborn hearing screening is to screen prior to one month of age and diagnose hearing loss by 3 months, so that intervention begins before 6 months of age. The MANIMS newborn hearing screening program began in April, 2005. Within a year the program spread to 4 hospitals and is now responsible for almost 10,000 births annually. The program was designed to meet all state requirements and includes
- Newborn hearing screening utilizing ABR technology
- Chart and hospital based documentation
- State notification of results via the Electronic Birth Certificate
- Face to face parental/guardian notification of results
- Pediatrician notification
- Customized database allowing family and infant follow up tracking
- Weekly mailings to families in need of follow up services
- Coordination with local audiology departments
- Statistical tracking both collectively and site specific
The MANIMS program has produced outstanding results. As of September 2009, 99.91% of babies have were screened prior to discharge, with only 1.05% of infants leaving the hospital without passing their test. MANIMS has a rigorous quality assurance program to ensure that the testing is performed at the highest level of care.
Laura Crawford Au.D. FAAA CCC/A, Program Director, has over 13 years experience in the field of Audiology. She has expertise in all areas of audiology, including balance assessment, auditory processing and assistive technology. She has concentrated on evaluating and diagnosing newborn hearing loss since her arrival at MANIMS in 2005. Dr. Crawford is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech Language Association and the New Jersey Speech Language Association. She has presented locally and nationally on topics such as noise-induced hearing loss and age-related deficits. In her current position Dr. Crawford is responsible for the program’s development, implementation and oversight. Dr. Crawford received her M.A. degree from The College of New Jersey and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of the Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine.