The most crucial period for language development is in the first year of a child’s life. Without proper screening, hearing loss is typically not identified until the age of two. Screening for all newborns prior to discharge from the hospital, or the birthing center, is essential for the earliest possible identification of hearing loss and therefore, for language, communication, educational, and reading potential to be maximized.
Under EHDI, babies are screened for hearing loss at birth and those who do not pass are re-screened. If they do not pass again they are referred for diagnostic audiological evaluations and if needed are connected to additional resources.
- Screening for hearing loss
- Diagnostic audiological evaluations
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