Welcome to the Connecticut Early Hearing Detection and Intervention:
- Hearing Loss More Common than you think - Hearing loss is one of the most commonly occurring birth defects found in infants. A 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study showed that 1.4 babies out of 1000 screened had a hearing loss; therefore, early hearing detection and intervention is extremely important in identifying and managing hearing loss.
- The Effect on a Child's Ability to Speak and Learn - According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), "Hearing is critical for the development of speech, language, communication skills, and learning. The earlier that hearing loss occurs in a child's life, the more serious is the effect on the child's development. Similarly, the earlier the hearing loss is identified and intervention begun, the more likely it is that the delays in speech and language development will be diminished. Recent research indicates that children identified with hearing loss who begin services before 6 months old develop language (spoken or signed) on a par with their hearing peers."
- Ensuring all Connecticut newborns are screened for hearing loss before hospital discharge or by 1 month of age.
- Ensuring audiological follow-up evaluations are performed by 3 months of age for infants whose earlier hearing screenings indicated a potential hearing loss.
- Ensuring infants diagnosed with a hearing loss are enrolled in an early intervention (EI) program by 6 months of age, when appropriate.
- Promoting communication between medical home and hearing screening and diagnostic providers
- Collecting and analyzing hearing loss data.
- Ensuring the prompt enrollment in Early Intervention programs.
- Partnership building.
- Provider and parent educational initiatives
- Infants receive the appropriate hearing screenings at birth, or by one month of age.
- Infants, who do not pass the hearing screenings, receive a diagnostic follow-up test within three months.
- Infants, who are diagnosed with a hearing loss, are enrolled in early intervention by six months.
- Connecticut General Statutes, Section 19a-59:
Program to identify newborn infants at high risk for hearing impairments.
(a) Each institution, as defined in section 19a-490, that provides childbirth service shall, not later than July 1, 2000, include a universal newborn hearing screening program as part of its standard of care and shall establish a mechanism for compliance review. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any infant whose responsible party objects to hearing screening as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice.
(b) The Department of Public Health shall establish a plan to implement and operate a program of early identification of infant hearing impairment. The purpose of such plan shall be to: (1) identify infants at high risk of having hearing impairments; (2) notify responsible party of such infants of the risk; (3) inform responsible party of resources available to them for further testing and treatment, including rehabilitation services for such infants, and (4) inform responsible party of financial assistance available through the Department of Public Health, including, but not limited to, parental eligibility criteria, which may result in reduced cost or no cost to responsible party for testing, evaluation or treatment, including rehabilitation of such infants. The DPH shall develop such plan in consultation with persons including, but not limited to, pediatricians, otolaryngologists, audiologists, educators and responsible party of deaf and hearing-impaired children.
The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with Chapter 54, to implement the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.
- Public Act No. 15-10:
Section 1. Section 19a-55 of the general statutes was repealed July 1, 2015. Please click this link to see the amended statute: CMV CGA Link.