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.
Hearing Loss Topics
Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program: VTEHDI
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 case 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 the Department of Health's Office for Children with Special Health Needs, VTEHDI provides support, training, and case 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.
All Vermont birthing hospitals provide hearing screenings to babies born at or admitted to their facility prior to discharge.
Most hospitals offer outpatient hearing screenings for newborns that were not screened, did not pass the first screening or were born at home. Licensed midwives and some primary care providers also provide initial or repeat newborn hearing screenings.
Screening results are sent to VTEHDI by hospitals, licensed 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.
Hospital Outpatient Screening Appointments
Hospitals will screen infants up to one month of age. Call for appointments.
Regional Audiology Services
Facilities and providers that offer hearing evaluations for children.
Alina Mills, M.S. CCC/SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Early intervention services for children that are deaf and hard of hearing using hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. Support for families includes information, training and guidance in the development of language and communication, auditory skills, and use of hearing technology.
Nine East Network Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
Provides state-wide home and school based services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families and school teams.
- Programs and Services:
- Parent Infant Program provides services to families of children, from birth to age three, with a diagnosed hearing loss or for whom hearing is an area of concern.
- School Based Outreach Program provides specialized services to deaf and hard of hearing students from age three through age 21, on a regional basis. The program may include consultation, direct instruction, in-service training and other specialized services requested by the local education agency.
- Sign Support Communication Services provide families and the school team access to individualized sign language instruction either in the family's home, child care settings or at school.
For more information or to make a referral contact:
Nine East Network
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
9 West St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Tel.: 802 229-0100 x 207
Fax: 802 229-0101
Resources and Materials
Fact sheets, guides, information and links for more resources for families and health professionals.
Vermont Hands & Voices
Resources, networks, and information for families to improve communication access and educational outcomes for children.
Hearing Advisory Council
The council advises the Health Department on issues and services that impact deaf and hard of hearing individuals. For more information contact VTEHDI.
Just in Time
Based on 2007 recommendations of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing
Access Screening Results
Please fax a signed Provider Confidentiality Agreement to 802-951-1218.
Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
Burlington, VY 05402
Phone: 800-537-0076 (toll free in Vermont) or 802-651-1872