From Description to Definition Avoiding a Tower of Babel Research Article
Research Article  |   November 01, 1997
From Description to Definition
 
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  • Joy O’Neal
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, 12504 Echo Cove, Buda, TX 78610
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Professional Issues & Training / Research Articles
Research Article   |   November 01, 1997
From Description to Definition
American Journal of Audiology, November 1997, Vol. 6, 73. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0603.73
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1997, Vol. 6, 73. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0603.73
Joy O’Neal is the audiology director for the Texas Department of Health. Her discussion about what the JCIH should provide was philosophical and practical and set the tone for the entire series of presentations.
I’ve been asked to discuss what the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing should provide in order for the states to succeed in establishing successful universal programs for the detection of hearing loss in newborns. As I looked around Texas first and what is occurring here, I distilled our needs down to two words: Henry Ford. What Henry Ford did for the American automobile industry was to introduce standards and guidelines to facilitate communication through definition. He said that there would be two wheel sizes and that both would be round. He defined paint colors (black) that would be used in all models. By establishing these guidelines and putting his vision into action, he revolutionized the automotive (and transportation) industry. We need the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing to be our Henry Ford.
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