Getting an infant with hearing loss to treatment is a highly complex process, involving families, state resources, referring physicians, Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) offices and others. The different handoffs of care—from the hospital to the pediatrician to the audiologist to early intervention specialists—create drops or breakdowns in the system of care.

Some of the successful approaches we use to address these challenges and improve care for infants with hearing loss and their families include sharing knowledge and successful practices and innovation with healthcare professionals; building partnerships across traditional professional borders; spreading impactful, sustainable policy and practice improvements in care settings; and involving parent partners in identifying solutions.

The result of our work: fewer newborns being lost to follow-up and receiving early intervention services at appropriate ages to decrease their chance of falling behind in communication and other cognitive development.

Our Projects

Tools for Providers

View our collection of tools and resources for care providers, designed
to improve the system of care for all newborns with possible hearing loss.
Includes screening communication templates and forms, audiologic
diagnostic forms, early intervention (EI) forms, and more.

View Resources

Enhancing Communications Report

In the Improving Follow-Up to Newborn Hearing Screening by Working Through the Medical Home project, we were tasked with improving the long term outcomes for children with hearing loss by strengthening the several components of follow up to newborn hearing screenings, including definitive diagnosis, entry into appropriate care and services, and connection to a medical home. This report summarizes our learnings and impact. Read the report