|Early Hearing Loss Detection,
Diagnosis, and Intervention Act
The "Early Hearing Loss Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention Act of
1997" (H.R. 2923) provided grant support to individual states to establish
screening and intervention programs for newborns and infants with hearing loss.
The legislation called for:
· Screening all babies born in hospitals or birthing centers for hearing
loss prior to discharge.
Screening all babies not born in hospitals within the first
two months of life.
Diagnostic audiologic testing performed in a timely manner
when hearing loss is suspected.
Linkage with a community system of early intervention for those
infants diagnosed with hearing loss.
Establishment of public policy for the early identification
and intervention of newborns with hearing loss.
The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention are well documented. As of
February 2005, 39 states have passed screening legislation and another 4
states have voluntary screening procedures in place. See the ASHA website
for further updates.