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Improvement Strategies


Legislate mandated hearing screening and follow-up

Educate providers about latest clinical recommendations

Identify criteria for personnel who can conduct hearing screenings

Establish State protocols on babies who do not pass UNHS

Develop and maintain a list of providers with knowledge and expertise on EHDI

Improve access to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems 

Assess and monitor State's Part C program in current service delivery and effectiveness related to children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Provide formal feedback to birthing facilities regarding EHDI statistics

Collect and disseminate data gathered by the EHDI Program

Connecticut EHDI Program: Introduction

Best Practice Guidelines


Review sample policies, procedures and competency guidelines that align with JCIH Guidelines.

Tools for Improvement


Assure follow-up with a few key data-collection and communication tools.

Improvement in Action


See how the collaboratives used improvement tools to test steps of change within their organizations.

Closing the Follow-up Gap: Connecticut EHDI Program

Connecticut EHDI Program

Vision: The Connecticut Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program strives to assure all babies are screened at birth, and that those with a hearing loss are diagnosed early and have access to quality interventions to enable children who are deaf or hard of hearing to thrive.

Mission: The Connecticut EHDI Program will identify all babies with hearing loss by working as a team to increase the number of CT infants who are screened and receive timely, individualized follow-up care.  The goal of universal newborn hearing screenings is to provide early hearing detection and intervention in an effort  to prevent speech, language and other delays and support children in reaching their maximum potential. By advancing early hearing detection and quality interventions, we provide children the opportunity to develop communication skills, cognitive abilities and social-emotional well-being.


National EHDI goals are:
  • Hearing screening at birth, before discharge
  • Diagnostic follow-up testing within three months
  • Referral to early intervention by six months 


CT EHDI Strategic Priorities