Iowa 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


All newborns and infants born in Iowa shall be screened for hearing loss.


The birthing hospital or other facility completing the hearing screening shall report the results of the screening to the parent or guardian of the newborn and to the department. The birthing hospital or other facility shall also report the results of the screening to the primary care provider of the newborn or infant upon discharge from the birthing hospital or other facility.

The department may share information with agencies and persons involved with newborn and infant hearing screenings, follow-up, and intervention services, including the local birth-to-three coordinator or similar agency, the local area education agency, and local health care providers.


Newborn hearing screening shall be performed by an audiologist, audiology assistant, audiometrist, registered nurse, licensed physician, or other person for whom newborn hearing screening is within the person's scope of practice.

The person required to perform the screening shall use at least one of the following procedures:

  1. Automated or diagnostic auditory brainstem response.
  2. Otoacoustic emissions.
  3. Any other technology approved by the department.


A birthing hospital, birth center, physician, or other health care professional required to report information shall report all of the following information to the department relating to a newborn's or infant's hearing screening, as applicable:

  1. The name, address, and telephone number, if available, of the mother of the newborn or infant.
  2. The primary care provider at the time of the newborn or infant's discharge from the birthing hospital or birth center.
  3. The results of the hearing screening.
  4. Any rescreenings and the diagnostic audiological assessment procedures used.
  5. Any known risk indicators for hearing loss of the newborn or infant.
  6. Other information specified in rules adopted by the department.

School-Age Screening

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


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