Topic: Newborn Hearing Screening

Results

Improving Follow-Up for Failed Hearing Screenings

Overview

Our efforts to improve the rate of documented follow-up and intervention services for infants with hearing loss began more than a decade ago. We have worked in nearly all U.S. states and territories, effectively writing the handbook on the systems changes needed to improve screening, diagnosis and intervention rates.

Project Measure Data

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Highlights

Here are a handful of our results from our projects:

  • Embedded quality improvement theory into the practice of Educated Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) offices in 49 states, supporting improved data collection and monitoring.
  • Created cross-sector collaboration and partnerships between different state partners and systems involved in newborn hearing screening and follow-up.
  • Identified the high-level system changes that lead to reduced the number of patients lost to follow-up and diminished delays in screening and diagnosis processes.
  • Facilitated the development of customized tools to support communication between providers and parents.