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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) by State

   

State EHDI programs promote universal newborn hearing screening, develop effective tracking and follow-up as a part of the public health system, promote appropriate and timely diagnosis of the hearing loss, prompt enrollment in appropriate Early Intervention, ensure a medical home for all newborns, and strive to eliminate geographic and financial barriers to service access. Listed below are details of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) EHDI Program, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), and state EHDI programs throughout the United States.

  • Collaborates with federal, national, and state agencies and organizations in assisting states and territories to develop and implement EHDI programs.
  • Assists states in building EHDI data and surveillance systems to improve their capacity to ensure that all infants are screened for hearing loss and receive appropriate follow-up services.
  • Supports research efforts to:
    • Identify causes of hearing loss
    • Determine developmental outcomes and family issues
    • Collect information on referral rates from EHDI programs
    • Assess the effectiveness and cost of EHDI programs
  • Uses information gained through the EHDI surveillance systems to find new, preventable causes of hearing loss.
  • Maintains an information clearinghouse on issues related to EHDI that will be available through the CDC EHDI Web site and bi-monthly teleconferences.
The goal of the NCHAM at Utah State University is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention. NCHAM's research, training, and technical assistance activities contribute to this goal by working to achieve the following objectives:

  • Every child born with a hearing loss is identified before 3 months of age and provided with timely and appropriate intervention by 6 months of age.
  • Every family of an infant with hearing loss receives culturally-competent family support as desired.
  • All newborns have a medical home.
  • State Departments of Health have effective newborn hearing screening tracking and data management systems which are linked with other relevant public health information systems.
Every state and territory in the United States has now established an EHDI program. The EHDI program staff is responsible for creating, operating, and continuously improving a system of services which assures that:

  • Every child born with a permanent hearing loss is identified before 3 months of age and provided with timely and appropriate intervention services before 6 months of age.
  • Every family of an infant with hearing loss receives culturally-competent family support as desired.
  • All newborns have a medical home.
  • Effective newborn hearing screening tracking and data management systems are linked with other relevant public health information systems.
 

AAP EHDI Chapter Champions
Each American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Chapter has identified at least one individual to serve as the EHDI Chapter Champion. This individual is responsible for leading and responding to health care provider concerns regarding newborn hearing screening in the state. The EHDI Chapter Champions are involved in working with their state department of human services/department of public health staff and other in state government agencies as well as other pediatric health care providers in the state on EHDI programs and activities.
 
Chapter Champions seek opportunities for educating members of their respective chapters and other in the state on EHDI activities and are also involved in collaborating with their peers to influence state-level policy and programs related to children who are identified with hearing loss.

If you are interested in becoming a EHDI Chapter Champion, would like more information about the project, or would like to be connected with your chapter/state's champion, contact Faiza Khan, MPH, Program Manager at 847/434-4924 or fill out the Contact Us form.
Chapter Champion Features:
 
Chapter Champion "AAP News" Article

  • Hearing Programs Make Strides, But Work Remains
    (AAP News. Vol. 26 No. 5 May 2005, p. 29)
    When the AAP EHDI program began in 2001, its primary focus was on ensuring that all newborns were screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Screening is the first step, but there is much more to the process. The network of AAP EHDI "chapter champions," know all too well that audiological evaluation for infants who do not pass hospital screening is essential. In addition, the enrollment of infants identified with hearing loss in early intervention programs by 6 months of age can improve communication outcomes dramatically.
Chapter Champion "Hot Topics in EHDI" Teleconferences
Several teleconference calls were coordinated for the AAP EHDI Chapter Champions on various hot topics in the field of early hearing detection and intervention.

EHDI Template Articles
The articles below may be customized to be specific to your state in order to educate child health professionals. If you wish to disseminate the articles, please connect with your state EHDI coordinators to determine how to relate the article to your state program.