Hearing loss is one of the most common congenital disorders. The CDC reports, 90% of infants born with hearing loss have two hearing parents. Ensure your patient’s care is right on time by coordinating care that is family centered and ensures services are provided allowing the child to achieve their maximum potential. Always remember 1,3,6:
- Hearing screening no later than 1 month of age.
- Review results and risk factors. Schedule diagnostic audiologic evaluations if the baby does not pass the hearing screening.
- Diagnostic audiologic evaluation no later than 3 months of age.
- If a diagnosis is confirmed, provide appropriate medical referrals, provide information about communication options and refer to early intervention services.
- Early intervention services no later than 6 months of age.
- Services beginning no later than six months of age provide improved communication outcomes. Communicate with family about ongoing audiology services.
A Special Note to Physicians
Follow-Up is Key
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health, the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorse universal newborn hearing screening before hospital discharge, diagnostic evaluation by three months of age and initiation of appropriate intervention services by six months of age. When one of your patients receives a negative hearing screening result, we urge you to follow-up with families to ensure they get a diagnostic evaluation and intervention services if needed.
Downloads and Information
- Letter to All Arkansas Primary Care Physicians
- Primary Care Physicians’ Guide For Infant Hearing Screenings
- Providers of Follow-up Infant Hearing Screening
- Act 1559 of 1999
- Rules and Regulations
- Information for Health Professionals
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- The National Center for Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs
- Rescreen Questionnaire Form English | Spanish
- ERAVE Training Guide