Hearing loss is the most common congenital condition in the United States (US). Each year, an estimated three in 1,000 infants are born in the US with moderate, severe, or profound hearing loss resulting in delayed development in language, learning, and speech.
Children who are deaf or hard of hearing face a potential developmental emergency and should be identified as quickly as possible so that appropriate intervention services can be started.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Goals
Ensure every child with hearing loss is diagnosed and receives appropriate, timely intervention.
- Enhance pediatricians’, other physicians’, and non-physician clinicians’ knowledge about the EHDI 1-3-6 guidelines—screening by 1 month of age, diagnosis of hearing loss by 3 months of age, and entry into early intervention (EI) services by 6 months of age.
- Ensure newborn hearing screening results are communicated to all parents and reported in a timely fashion according to state laws, regulations, and guidelines.
- Incorporate EHDI into an integrated, medical home approach to child health.