Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Just as every child is different, so are the signs and symptoms of hearing loss.

Hearing screening is simple and painless. Early screening ensures children early access to services to help them reach their full potential. Contact your child's doctor if you have any concerns about your child's hearing.

Vermont Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program 

The Vermont Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program (VTEHDI) works with hospitals and other community providers, such as early head start, homebirth midwives and primary care professionals to provide newborn and early periodic hearing screenings. The program provides support, training, and care management to families and their babies, and to community providers. These partnerships ensure timely referrals for diagnostic testing and early intervention services.

As part of Children with Special Health Needs, VTEHDI provides support, training, and care management for families and their babies, hospitals, and community providers. VTEHDI works with state and national agencies and organizations to achieve the National EHDI goals.

Learn how the VTEHDI program is doing by viewing the Early Childhood Screening Performance Dashboard.

Newborn Hearing Screening

All babies born in Vermont are offered a newborn hearing screening by their birth facility or midwife. Hearing screenings are available for newborns that did not have a newborn hearing screening or did not pass the first screening at all Vermont birthing hospitals, pediatric audiology practices, some primary care practices and by midwives. Hearing screening results are sent to VTEHDI by hospitals, midwives, primary care providers and audiologists. These providers also send high-risk information on each baby related to late onset hearing loss. VTEHDI provides families and providers follow-up recommendations for on-going hearing health care based on identified risk factors. Take a look at our “Can my baby hear?” brochure to learn more. Also available in French, Arabic, and Swahili.

Resources for Families

Hearing and Intervention Services

Community and National Partners          

The Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Advisory Council   

Vermont Council Calendar of Events

Vermont Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are in word format:

2015 2016 2017 2018
10/19/2015  1/07/2016  1/10/2017   
11/12/2015 2/25/2016  3/21/2017  
  4/27/2016     
  6/17/2016     
  9/13/2016     
  11/15/2016     

 

For Health Professionals

 

New Users: Please fax a signed Provider Confidentiality Agreement to 802-951-1218

New Users: Quick Reference Guide For Providers on how to use the application.

 

Contact Information

Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Tel: 800-537-0076 (VT Only) or 802-651-1872
Email: vtehdi@vermont.gov