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
- Hospital Outpatient Screening Appointments: Hospitals offer outpatient hearing screenings for newborns. Call the hospital to schedule an appointment.
- Regional Pediatric Audiology Practices: 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.
Tel: 802-338-7941 Email: email@example.com
- Nine East Network Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program: Provides home and school based services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families, and school teams.
- The Vermont Sensory Access Project (VSAP) VSAP provides training and technical assistance to support Vermont children and youth, birth to 22 years, who have a combined vision and hearing loss.
- Vermont Interpreter Referral Service
- Vermont Telecommunication Relay Service (Dial 7-1-1)
Community and National Partners
- Vermont Hands & Voices
- Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
- National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
The Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Advisory Council
- Mission statement
- Question and Referral Information
- Vermont Association of the Deaf (VTAD) description of the council in American Sign Language (ASL)
For Health Professionals
- Suggested Protocols for Hearing Screening in Children
- ABR Protocol for Professionals
- Risk factors for late-onset hearing loss, birth to 3
- Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs (Joint Commission on Infant Hearing 2007 Position Statement)
- Hearing Assessment in Infants and Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- CDC Information for Health Professionals
- CDC's Infant Hearing Assesssment for Infants Testing Positive for Zika Virus Infection
The Vermont Department of Health uses a user-controlled password system called Password Central. This password system was created to ensure system security and compliance with HIPAA regulations.:
Participating in Password Central is required, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. Enrollment should take less than five minutes. Using the link below enter your username and current password to enroll in Password Central.
Password Central Instructions and User Guide:
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