EHDI Goes to President for Signature

October 3, 2017

The 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.

ASHA 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.


Before 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. 

See ASHA’s 2017 Public Policy Agenda to learn more about ASHA’s legislative and regulatory priorities.   


Please contact Sam Hewitt, ASHA’s director of congressional advocacy, at


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