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The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Advisory Committee
The purpose of the EHDI Advisory Committee is to meet the requirements of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening grant received by the Department from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
This committee is composed of stakeholders that reflect the comprehensive EHDI system, including health care professionals, parents/families of deaf or hard of hearing children, individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as various state program representatives. The objective of this committee is to provide advice to the grant recipient on potential mechanisms to achieve project goals, strategies, and objectives.
The next Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee Meeting
April 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Department of Health
4025 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention related topics.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person requiring special accommodations to attend this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting the Florida Newborn Screening Program at (850) 245-4201.
*Adjournment time is approximate, depending on completion of the advisory committee business.
Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Please contact The Newborn Screening Program at (850) 245-4201 or by email at CMS.NBS@FLHealth.gov, if you have any further questions.
Florida Newborn Hearing Screening StatuteMost states have a statute requiring universal newborn hearing screening. Since October 1, 2000 newborn hearing screening has been required, unless the parent objects, for all newborns in Florida. The intent of this statute is "to provide a statewide comprehensive and coordinated interdisciplinary program of early hearing impairment screening, identification, and followup care for newborns. The goal is to screen all newborns for hearing impairment in order to alleviate the adverse effects of hearing loss on speech and language development, academic performance, and cognitive development." To see the complete statute, visit Section 383.145, Florida Statutes
Suggested Guidelines for Newborn Hearing Screening and Evaluation Services
Guidelines for Infant Hearing Screening, Referral, Audiologic Assessment, Hearing Loss Management and Early Intervention
Newborn Hearing Screening Scripts for Sharing Hearing Screening Results with Parents
List of CMS Approved Audiologists
Newborn Hearing Screening Reporting
OAE vs. ABR Flowchart
Florida Newborn Screening Metabolic Specimen Collection Card Hearing Screening Section Instructions
Hearing Results Reporting
The preferred method of reporting hearing screening results to the Florida Newborn Screening Program is on the Florida Newborn Screening blood specimen card. Hearing screening results not reported on the card are to be entered into eReports™ by registered and trained eReports™ users.
eReports™ Training Presentation
eReports™ Frequently Asked Questions Document
eReports™ Standard Operating Procedures
eReports™ Registration Form
eHearing Screen Form for Single Result
electronic Form for Multiple Results
eDiagnostic Hearing Evaluation Form - USE THIS FORM FOR 2012 - 2013 BIRTHS
eDiagnostic Hearing Evaluation Form - USE THIS FORM FOR 2014 and LATER BIRTHS
Florida Resource Guide for Families of Young Children with Hearing Loss
The Florida Resource Guide for Families of Young Children with Hearing Loss is an excellent resource for parents of a young child diagnosed with partial or total hearing loss. The guide covers testing, communication exercises, intervention resources available, available technology, an advocacy chapter and much more. The guide may be downloaded and printed in English, Spanish, and Creole. Copies may also be ordered at no cost.
Educational Videos on Hearing Screening
- Florida Loss & Found (English, Spanish, and Subtitles) – An eight minute video customized for Florida through Hands & Voices™ to prompt families to get hearing follow-up testing for their baby. Free hard copy DVD’s can be requested by health care professionals to include the video in hospital television channels in patient rooms and waiting rooms, show the video as a part of birthing class curriculums, show the video on televisions in obstetrician waiting rooms, allow pregnant women to view it on a laptop to during an appointment, or give a DVD to expectant parents at a certain point in gestation. Copies of this video are routinely sent to hospitals to distribute to parents of newborns that do not pass the newborn hearing screening.
- ¿Qué tan bien oye su hijo? Lo que los padres deben saber (How well can your child hear? What parents need to know) – An eight minute video with Spanish subtitles produced by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program for Spanish-speaking families who are in need of a follow-up hearing screening for their baby. In this video, Latino families describe their real-life experiences when they received “did not pass” or “refer” results for their babies’ hearing screening. They tell how they felt when they were given the results and what they did next. Their stories provide facts and encouragement to help parents seek out the follow-up services their baby needs.
- Giving Your Baby a Sound Beginning (English) - A short introduction for parents about why the hospital is doing newborn hearing screening. Available in Spanish.
- University of Florida Division of Genetics and Metabolism hearing loss videos - A series of videos on the genetics of hearing loss.
- For 50 years, they said it must be done...Now it is - Provides an overview of the rationale for universal newborn hearing screening and shows how it is done. Features former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
Find more videos for parents and professionals at NCHAM's website.
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Data
Parent Education Materials
- A Life Changing Test is a one page letter from Katie Dagenais, parent and Executive Director of Florida Hands & Voices, that provides a story of what the newborn hearing screening process was like for her family. A copy of this letter is included in the Referred Hearing Folder that is provided to hospitals to give to parents when a baby does not pass the newborn hearing screening.
- Newborn Screening - An Important Beginning brochures explain the blood, hearing, and pulse oximetry screenings. Brochures are provided by Florida’s Newborn Screening Program upon request. This brochure is routinely sent to all birth hospitals and to any other requestors who serve pregnant women. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
- Loss & Found: Following Through When a Baby Doesn't Pass the Newborn Hearing Screening is an 8 minute video that emphasizes the importance of follow-up testing when a baby does not pass the newborn hearing screening. A DVD copy is included in the Referred Hearing Folder that is provided to hospitals to give to parents when a baby does not pass the newborn hearing screening. Each DVD includes English, Spanish, and subtitle options. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
- Your Baby Needs Another Hearing Test brochures explain the importance of and reasons why a baby might need to get further testing beyond the initial newborn hearing screening. A copy of this brochure is included in the Referred Hearing Folder that is provided to hospitals to give to parents when a baby does not pass the newborn hearing screening. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
- Referred hearing folders are provided to parents by hospitals when a baby does not pass the newborn hearing screening. It is stuffed with A Life Changing Test letter, a Your Baby Needs Another Hearing Test brochure, a Loss & Found: Following Through When a Baby Doesn't Pass the Newborn Hearing Screening DVD, a list of audiologists approved by Children’s Medical Services to serve infants, and a hearing loss fact sheet. Request free copies of stuffed folders by submitting a request form.
- Communicate with Your Child booklets introduce communication and hearing technology options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A copy of this booklet is included in the packet that is sent to parents of children who are reported to Florida’s Newborn Screening Program by the diagnosing audiologist as having a permanent confirmed hearing loss. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
- Hearing Milestones magnets are 3” x 4” and describe typical hearing developmental milestones for infants. Copies are provided to any requestors that serve pregnant women or families with infants. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
- Florida Resource Guide For Families of Young Children with Hearing Loss is a comprehensive spiral-bound book that covers topics such as the types of hearing tests, the types of hearing loss, communication options, early intervention services, hearing technology, advocacy, definitions, and resources. A copy of this booklet is included in the packet that is sent to parents of children who are reported to Florida’s Newborn Screening Program by the diagnosing audiologist as having a permanent confirmed hearing loss. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
- Early intervention hearing services brochures informs families of the benefits of hearing services available through Early Steps, Florida’s early intervention program. A copy of this booklet is included in the packet that is sent to parents of children who are reported to Florida’s Newborn Screening Program by the diagnosing audiologist as having a permanent confirmed hearing loss. Request free copies by submitting a request form.
Alexander Graham Bell Association - Florida
Alexander Graham Bell Association - National
American Academy of Audiology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Society for Deaf Children
American Sign Language University
Centers for Disease Control's Hearing Loss in Children Website
Children's Medical Services, Early Steps
Florida Association of the Deaf
Florida Hands & Voices
Florida Outreach Project
Florida School for the Deaf and BlindFlorida Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Florida’s Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology
Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Year 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University
Let Them Hear Foundation
My Baby’s Hearing
National Association of the Deaf
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
The Children's Hearing Institute