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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Hearing loss is the most common birth defect, occurring at a rate of three in every 1,000 children. The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs manages the state Newborn Hearing Screening Program, which ensures that all newborns receive a hearing screening before leaving the hospital. Newborn hearing screening is the first step in identifying infants with hearing loss and prescribing follow-up care.

The goal of Kentucky’s Newborn Hearing Screening program is to identify congenital hearing loss in children by 3 months of age and enroll them in appropriate early intervention by 6 months of age. Kentucky hospitals currently screen 98 percent of newborns before they leave the hospital.

Hospitals providing newborn hearing screening (PDF file)

The commission provides support to hospitals by: 

  • establishing protocols for testing, reporting and training; 
  • setting standards for screening based on accepted national standards of care; and
  • providing quality assurance consults from audiologists who can assist in establishing protocols and troubleshooting.

The commission supports families by providing:

  • tracking and follow-up for infants referred by hospital screening programs;
  • audiology consultants to help families locate diagnostic, medical management, hearing aid assessment and funding services, early intervention and other resources (click here for Infant Audiology Resource List PDF file);
  • direct audiology services in nine of 14 regional offices; and 
  • connections to parent support groups.

For more information about Newborn Hearing Screening, call (voice or TTY) (877) 757-HEAR (4327).


See Also...
  Detección auditiva e intervención tempranas: ¿puede oír su bebé? CDC Podcast - Spanish
Spanish-language version of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention podcast. A written transcript is also available.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention: Can Your Baby Hear? CDC Podcast - English
English language version of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention podcast. A written transcript is also available.

Kentucky School for the Deaf
KSD is a residential school serving children from across Kentucky. The Statewide Family Service Center atKSD provides information for families of deaf and hard of hearing children.

West Kentucky Services for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Last Updated 11/28/2016