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Contact the Newborn Screening Program

Florida Newborn Hearing Screening Statute

Most 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 Florida Statute 383.145.

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(TM) by registered and trained eReports(TM) users. Those not registered and trained in eReports(TM), may continue to submit results via fax or Move IT.

Electronic

eReports

eReports Training Presentation
FAQ Document
Training Manual - Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
eReports Registration Form

eHearing Screen Form for Single Result
electronic Form for Multiple Results
eDiagnostic Hearing Evaluation Form - USE THIS FORM FOR 2011 - 2013 BIRTHS
eDiagnostic Hearing Evaluation Form - USE THIS FORM FOR 2014 and LATER BIRTHS

Paper Forms

Fax or Mail

Hearing Screen Form
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation Form - USE THIS FORM FOR 2011 - 2013 BIRTHS
Diagnostic 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 Loss

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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