Hearing impairments in infants can negatively impact speech and language development, academic achievement, and social and emotional development if left undetected. These negative impacts can be reduced through early intervention. There are three goals of the EHDI Program:
- All newborns will be screened for hearing loss before 1 month of age, preferably before hospital discharge.
- All infants who screen positive will have a diagnostic audiologic evaluation before three months of age.
- All infants diagnosed with a hearing loss will receive appropriate early intervention services before 6 months of age.
The South Dakota Department of Health recently evaluated 2010-2015 EHDI data to identify weaknesses in the surveillance program in order to identify where to focus efforts for program improvement
South Dakota Department of Health, Public Health Bulletin
South Dakota Department of Health
Specker, Bonny and Fossen, Lucy, "Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) Program: What is the Data Telling Us?" (2018). Ethel Austin Martin Program Publications. 106.