ICYMI! Resources from the AAP Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)/Bright Futures Implementation Tip Sheet provide checklists and screening algorithms for the birth to 6-month period to ensure that screening, surveillance, referral, and intervention can occur at appropriate times for optimal development. Use the EHDI Literature Review Table to find articles focused on the role of the primary care pediatrician in addressing EHDI within the medical home model; a focus on EHDI systems of care; as well as articles focused on advancing health equity. This literature review table outlines recent data, and seminal literature pertaining to EHDI, specifically for the field of pediatrics.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention FAQ Guide: The recently updated EHDI Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Guide is an introductory resource for pediatricians serving families with a child or children who is or are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). This resource provides linkages and connections to important resources in states, critical components of working with families, and tips and strategies for billing and coding.

AAP Voices: Importance of Newborn Hearing Screenings, Follow-Up: In celebration of National Deaf History month, Dr Daniel Morra, MD, FAAP, a long-standing member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Illinois Chapter Champion for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program, shares a personal story. Two of Dr Morra’s children were diagnosed as deaf at birth and were able to access early intervention services. Delays in speech and language make it hard to communicate and can leave children at a severe disadvantage, he writes, so successful intervention is key. The goal of the AAP EHDI program is to improve the effectiveness of newborn hearing screening, diagnosis, and intervention by increasing the involvement of pediatricians, other physicians, and nonphysician clinicians in state EHDI programs.

How Pediatricians Can Connect with their State EHDI Coordinator: There are several ways to stay current on what is happening at the state and local levels to address newborn hearing concerns. One important resource for pediatricians is to partner with their state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Coordinator. The state EHDI coordinator serves as a statewide consultant to improve the early hearing detection and intervention system, which screens and enrolls infants identified as deaf and/or hard of hearing into early intervention services. Find your state EHDI contact and reach out to introduce yourself and share information about what you are doing in your state and/or AAP chapter related to EHDI. If you need support connecting to your state EHDI contact, please contact the AAP EHDI program at aapehdi@aap.org

Washington State EHDI Coordinator:

Karin Neidt, MPH
Early Hearing Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention Program
Washington State Dept of Health
Phone: 206-418-5609
Fax: 206-418-5415
Email Karin Neidt