Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017, commonly known as EHDI,
has passed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislation
reauthorizes newborn hearing screening programs for five years. Once it is
signed by the President, it will become law. ASHA appreciates the leadership of
Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Senators Rob
Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in advancing this critically important law.
led a coalition of 14 organizations to pass this legislation. ASHA members
deserve recognition for their grassroots advocacy efforts by sending more than
14,000 letters to their members of Congress for this effort.
EHDI went into effect in 2000, only 40% of children were being screened for
hearing loss at birth. Today, more than 97% of children are screened for
hearing loss. The latest bill also made improvements to the program, which now includes
“young children” up to age three, and improved access to follow-up testing and
intervention services when a hearing loss is diagnosed.
ASHA’s 2017 Public Policy Agenda to learn more about ASHA’s legislative and
contact Sam Hewitt, ASHA’s director of congressional advocacy, at email@example.com.