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Improvement Strategies

NCIH

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

Create a formal annual needs assessment for families

Collect and disseminate data gathered by the EHDI Program

Resources: Best Practices

 

The Arizona Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) includes newborn hearing screening follow-up under the Office of Newborn Screening. Follow-up is conducted to meet the goals of:

  • Screening all infants for hearing loss by one month of age
  • Completing diagnostic testing before three months of age for children who fail the newborn hearing screen
  • Enrollment in Early Intervention services as soon as possible (prior to 6 months of age) after diagnosis of hearing loss

In order for the Program to know where infants are in the process of early identification and to provide appropriate follow up, it is critical that providers know when and how to report screening and diagnostic results.