Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

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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.

One Family's Journey

Resources for Families

Hearing Screening and AUdiology 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.
  • Vermont HEARS LLC; Vermont HEARS contracts with school districts and families to provide collaborative hearing consultation services (teacher/s for students who are deaf or hard of hearing + educational audiologist/s) and the full scope of educational audiology services as called for within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including auditory processing assessments and auditory training.  

Services that support Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind

  • VTEHDI/UVMMC: Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Educational Services Program: 

    ASL Bilingual Education Services These services include; Sign instruction for families and school teams, contracted Communication Facilitators (CF) and Educational Interpreters and some direct service from Teachers of the Deaf (TOD) who work specifically with students who utilize ASL/sign language.

     
     
    Parent Infant Program (PIP - ages birth to three) Early intervention services for families/guardians and their children (0-3) with hearing loss.
  • UVM School-Age Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind (DHHDB) Program: Provides consultative services to school teams and families of students (age 3-22) who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind (DHHDB).

Family, Community and National Partners          

The Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Advisory Council   

Vermont Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are in PDF format:

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
10/19/2015 1/07/2016 1/10/2017 1/16/2018 3/21/2019  
11/12/2015 2/25/2016 3/21/2017 11/20/2018 9/19/2019  
  4/27/2016 5/16/2017   11/21/2019  
  6/17/2016 9/19/2017      
  9/13/2016 11/02/2017      
  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.

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Password Management System Information and Access

The Vermont Department of Health uses a user-controlled password management system. This password management system was created to ensure system security and compliance with HIPAA regulations.:

Participating in Password Management 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 email address used to create your account, an email will be sent to you with a link to reset your password. Click on the link in the email which will open the password reset screen where you enter new password twice and submit..

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Password Central Instructions and User Guide:

 
***If you have any questions regarding your current username or password, please contact: 
(toll free) 800-537-0076
(local) 802-651-1872
 
 

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