Mississippi 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.
The early hearing detection and intervention program will identify such children near birth who have impaired hearing.
Parents or caregivers may be assisted in obtaining education, training, medical, diagnostic and therapeutic services, and other assistance necessary to enable them to become productive citizens of the state. Families of all infant and toddler hearing-impaired registrants will be provided information on the availability of services in the state for children with hearing impairments, including those provided in accordance with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through the statewide infant and toddler early intervention system.
The Department of Health will provide guidance on protocols and equipment to be utilized during diagnostic hearing evaluations of infants and toddlers.
All hospitals in the state and other providers of services that have established hearing screening procedures shall report to the state Part C coordinator the results of all screening procedures. All persons and providers in the state who perform a diagnostic hearing evaluation on an infant or toddler referred as a result of a newborn hearing screening failure, shall report the results of said diagnostic hearing evaluation to the state Part C coordinator within two business days after their completion.
Reports may be submitted to the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program through the use of prepaid envelopes, sending of facsimiles, or telephone via a statewide toll-free number, or by other designated electronic data transmission process.
Mississippi State Department of Health, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Ages/populations screened are not addressed by laws/regulations.
Who Can Screen
Mississippi law requires school nurse intervention services to provide hearing and vision screening services.
Training for Screeners
Training for screeners is not addressed by laws/regulations.
Type of Testing
Type of testing is not addressed by laws/regulations.
Equipment standards are not addressed by laws/regulations.
Follow-up Protocols & Documentation
Follow up protocols and documentation is not addressed by laws/regulations.
Mississippi Department of Education, Health Services - EPSDT
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