American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Vermont 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

Screening is not addressed by laws/regulations.

Intervention

Intervention is not addressed by laws/regulations.

Standards/Protocols

Standards and protocols are not addressed by laws/regulations.

Tracking/Reporting

The commissioner of health shall establish a statewide birth information network designed to identify newborns who have specified health conditions which may respond to early intervention and treatment by the health care system.

School-Age Screening

Ages/Populations Screened

Standards indicate:

Kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, and 5

Who Can Screen

Standards indicate:

School nurses

Training for Screeners

Standards indicate:

School nurses should obtain knowledge of the requirements and recommendations for scheduled screening exams. Review power point presentation on hearing and vision screening yearly.

Type of Testing

Standards indicate:

School nurses should use Grason Stadler, GS-18 Screening Audiometer

Equipment Standards

Standards indicate:

School nurses should obtain and maintain appropriate hearing and vision screening equipment and calibrate yearly.

Follow-up Protocols & Documentation

Standards indicate:

School nurses should:

  • Evaluate the results of the screening exams and send referrals to parents of student who fail the screening, recommending further evaluation.
  • Referral letter might include information about the Dr. Dynasaur program and provider recommendation.
  • Screening results can be sent directly to the medical provider with permission from the parent/guardian.
  • Follow up with parent/guardian if the screening results form is not returned within a month. Assist with any barriers to receiving care (list of providers, phone numbers etc).
  • Report results of the screening exam to appropriate school personnel with recommendations for accommodations.
  • Notify, in writing, the parents/guardians of a student who is unable to perform the screening exams and include a recommendation for a professional examination.
  • Document all screening results in the student’s permanent health record including notations of referral, referral results, and/or follow-up.

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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