American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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.

Newborn Screening

Screening

The early hearing detection and intervention program will identify such children near birth who have impaired hearing.

Intervention

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.

Standards/Protocols

The Department of Health will provide guidance on protocols and equipment to be utilized during diagnostic hearing evaluations of infants and toddlers.

Tracking/Reporting

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.

School-Age Screening

Ages/Populations Screened

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

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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