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Infant Hearing Position Statement Released

November 3, 2019

MNAAP member and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Chapter Champion Abby Meyer, MD, MPH, FAAP, shares that the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) recently released its 2019 position statement. The JCIH continues to encourage Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) activities beginning at birth to identify children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

According to the JCIH, universal newborn hearing screening has resulted in significantly lowering the average age of identification. Screening is a necessary first step, but does not ensure the next critical steps of timely identification and diagnosis of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, amplification, and referral to early intervention, all with the goal of promoting language development. Without appropriate language development, children may experience educational and social-emotional delays.

To read more about guidelines for newborn screening, early intervention services for birth to three years old, and benchmarks and quality indicators, read the JCIH 2019 Position Statement. 

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