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Newborn Hearing Screening

Washington State Best Practice Guidelines

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Best practices guidelines for newborn hearing screening, diagnostic audiologic follow-up to newborn hearing screening, and early intervention for children with hearing loss have been established by the Washington State Department of Health in collaboration with professionals across Washington state.

These guidelines were developed to assist in the development of a quality and comprehensive statewide Early Hearing Loss Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) program.

The goal of the Washington State EHDDI Program is to ensure that:

  • All infants are screened for hearing loss before 1 month of age
  • All infants that are referred from newborn hearing screening programs receive diagnostic audiologic assessment by 3 months of age
  • All infants identified with hearing loss receive early intervention services by 6 months of age

Guidelines for newborn hearing screening programs

The Washington State Protocol for Newborn Hearing Screening was developed by a workgroup comprised of audiologists and program staff from hospitals in Washington that are running newborn hearing screening programs.

These guidelines were developed to assist hospitals in providing quality and comprehensive Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) programs.

Best Practices Protocol for Newborn Hearing Screening (PDF)

Guidelines for diagnostic audiologic assessment: Follow-up to newborn hearing screening

The Washington State Best Practices Protocol for Audiologic Evaluation of Newborns (PDF) was developed by a group of audiologists practicing in Washington with extensive knowledge and expertise in the screening and diagnosis of hearing loss in newborns and infants.

These guidelines were developed to ensure that infants who are referred from newborn hearing screening programs receive prompt and comprehensive diagnostic audiologic evaluation.

View a list of audiologists in Washington (PDF) that provide diagnostic audiologic evaluation of infants based on the best practice guidelines (PDF).

Guidelines for early intervention for children with hearing loss

Best Practices Protocol for Early Intervention (PDF) were developed by a workgroup comprised of professionals and parents across Washington with extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of early intervention for children with hearing loss.

When completed, these guidelines will help ensure that families of infants diagnosed with hearing loss have easy access to the information they need to make informed choices, have access to unbiased information, and that they receive timely, quality intervention services.