American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Hawaii 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

All newborn infants shall be screened for hearing impairment for early identification of children with hearing loss and for the promotion of their development of language and communication.

Intervention

The Newborn Hearing Screening Program supports statewide efforts to screen all babies for hearing loss. The program:

  • Coordinates hospital screening activities statewide
  • Helps families set up diagnostic evaluations for babies who do not pass screening and for children under three years old who may have developed a hearing loss after birth
  • Helps families get early intervention services for young children with hearing loss
  • Provides information to families, health care providers, early intervention staff and the public

Standards/Protocols

Standards and protocols are not addressed in laws/regulations.

Tracking/Reporting

Birthing facilities screening newborn infants for hearing impairment shall report screening results to the Department of Health, for the purpose of the Department ensuring a statewide system for the screening, diagnostic evaluation, and intervention for all newborn infants with hearing impairment.

School-Age Screening

Hawaii laws/regulations do not require school-age hearing screenings.

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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