NEVADA EARLY HEARING DETECTION AND INTERVENTION (NV EHDI) INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

    Understanding the Newborn Hearing Screen

    Many babies with hearing loss will react to loud sounds, cry, and babble. The only way to know if your baby’s hearing is normal is to have a screening done with special equipment.  All babies born in Nevada are offered a newborn hearing screen by their birth hospital. There are two types of screening tests used on infants.  Both tests are safe, painless, and take only a few minutes.  Be sure to know the results of your baby’s hearing screening. The results will be either a “pass” or a “not pass/refer”.  Hospitals must send hearing screening results to the Nevada EHDI Program.

        Nevada Hearing Screening Brochures

          If Baby Does Not Pass the Newborn Hearing Screen

          This does not mean your baby has a hearing loss but indicates the need for additional testing.  Your baby should return to the hospital for an out-patient rescreen.  These are usually provided at no additional cost.  The rescreen should be completed before your baby is one month old.  If the rescreen is not passed, your baby should have a diagnostic hearing evaluation by a pediatric audiologist before three months of age.  Although most audiologists only work with school-aged children or adults, a pediatric audiologist has the specialized skills and equipment to test infants and young children.

              Nevada Brochures for Babies who do Not Pass the Screen

                Next Steps for Follow-up and Resources for a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

                  Understanding Your Child's Hearing Loss / Getting Services for Your Child

                  When appropriate, infants with hearing loss should be fit with hearing aids or other listening devices within one month of diagnosis.  Your baby should also be enrolled in Early Intervention as soon as possible, ideally prior to 6 months of age.