Lessons Learned From EHDI: Where Do We Go From Here? Over the past 60 years, experts have made tremendous strides to establish and strengthen early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Today, approximately 97% of all newborns are screened for hearing loss prior to discharge from a birthing center or hospital (White, ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2012
Lessons Learned From EHDI: Where Do We Go From Here?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tamala S. Bradham
    Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Nashville, TN
  • K. Todd Houston
    School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Karen Muñoz
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT
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Article   |   March 01, 2012
Lessons Learned From EHDI: Where Do We Go From Here?
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2012, Vol. 22, 22-31. doi:10.1044/hhdc22.1.22
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2012, Vol. 22, 22-31. doi:10.1044/hhdc22.1.22

Over the past 60 years, experts have made tremendous strides to establish and strengthen early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Today, approximately 97% of all newborns are screened for hearing loss prior to discharge from a birthing center or hospital (White, Forsman, Eichwald, & Muñoz, 2010). This level of hearing screening is a significant achievement that requires ongoing collaboration among program administrators, policymakers, service providers, and, most importantly, families and children with hearing loss. Although we have learned many lessons that have strengthened the efficiency of the EHDI system, challenges do remain. In this paper, we will share lessons learned in the trenches and provide insights into where we go from here.

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