Early Hearing Detection And Intervention Program

Iowa’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program works to ensures that all newborns and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, medical interventions and family support. The¬†EHDI¬†program is also dedicated to providing unbiased support to families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Given the serious ramifications of late identification of hearing loss, it is important to perform newborn hearing screening and as soon as possible make diagnostic referrals for infants who do not pass the screening. Because of this, Iowa legislature passed a law (Iowa Code section 135.1310) which requires universal hearing screening of all newborns and infants in Iowa. The law further provides that any birthing hospital, birth center, physician, any facility including Area Education Agencies(AEAs), audiologists, and other health care professional are legally required to report to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) the results of a hearing screen, re-screen, or diagnostic assessment for any child under three years of age.