Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the practice of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Infants not passing the screening receive diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) laws or voluntary compliance programs that screen hearing.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services.
The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) is a joint committee consisting of hearing health professional whose mission is to address issues that are important to the early identification, intervention, and follow-up care of infants and young children with hearing loss.
The Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborates with federal, national, and state agencies and organizations in assisting states and territories to develop and implement EHDI programs.