American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Florida Hearing Screening Requirements for Newborns and School-Aged Children

The following information summarizes hearing screening programs for newborns and school-aged children.

The information has been collected by researching individual state statutes, regulations, policy documents, and by contacting each state. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Newborn Screening

Screening

Each licensed hospital or other state-licensed birthing facility that provides maternity and newborn care services shall provide that all newborns are, prior to discharge, screened for the detection of hearing loss, to prevent the consequences of unidentified disorders.

Each licensed birth center that provides maternity and newborn care services shall provide that all newborns are, prior to discharge, referred to a licensed audiologist, a physician, or a hospital or other newborn hearing screening provider, for screening for the detection of hearing loss, to prevent the consequences of unidentified disorders. The referral for appointment shall be made within 30 days after discharge. Written documentation of the referral must be placed in the newborn's medical chart.

Intervention

Any child who is diagnosed as having a permanent hearing impairment shall be referred to the primary care physician for medical management, treatment, and follow-up services. Furthermore, any child from birth to 36 months of age who is diagnosed as having a hearing impairment that requires ongoing special hearing services must be referred to the Children's Medical Services Early Intervention Program serving the geographical area in which the child resides.

Standards/Protocols

Standards and protocols are not addressed by laws/regulations.

Tracking/Reporting

Tracking and reporting are not addressed by laws/regulations.

School-Age Screening

Each county health department shall develop, jointly with the district school board and the local school health advisory committee, a school health services plan.

Ages/Populations Screened

Hearing screening shall be provided, at a minimum, to students in kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 6; to students entering Florida schools for the first time in kindergarten through grade 5; and optionally to students in grade 3.

Who Can Screen

Who can screen is not addressed by laws/regulations.

Training for Screeners

Training for screeners is not addressed by laws/regulations.

Type of Testing

Types of testing are not addressed by laws/regulations.

Equipment Standards

Equipment standards are not addressed by laws/regulations.

Follow-up Protocols & Documentation

Follow-up protocols and documentation is not addressed by laws/regulations.

Resources

For further information on hearing screening requirements, visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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