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Telemedicine brings pediatric specialists to rural California

Grace Lee, five weeks old, swaddled in a pink-stripped blanket, dozes in her mother’s arms in a room at a hospital in Redding. The baby failed two hearing tests in her first two days of life, and a follow-up exam a week later suggested trouble in one ear. Evaluating her hearing loss within the first three months of her life was essential. If follow-up tests indicated a permanent problem, she’d need to be fitted with a hearing aid to have the best chance of developing unimpaired speech and other important skills later in life.