Hearing Screening Online Training Program

Welcome to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services Online Training for the hearing-screening component of the Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) program.

This training is designed as a reference to give you the information you need to provide an accurate hearing screening to those Minnesota children and youth who are enrolled in Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC). However, it is not intended to replace the Minnesota Department of Health’s scheduled on-site Hearing and Vision Screening trainings (to return to this training program, close the new Internet browser).

This training has been divided into six sections:

  • Background information on hearing screening and hearing loss in children and youth
  • C&TC requirements and recommendations for hearing screening
  • Objective and subjective screening procedures
  • Newborn hearing screening
  • Administrative considerations
  • Additional information and resources

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Overview

As part of the 1967 Federal "War on Poverty," Congress developed the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program as a prevention component to the Medicaid program. EPSDT is the largest comprehensive and preventive health care program for Medicaid-eligible children and youth ages 0 through 20.

EPSDT is intended to remove financial barriers to health care for children and ensure access to the comprehensive preventive services necessary for healthy growth and development. Comprehensive and periodic screening or well-child checkups are the basic element of the program. EPSDT is one of the Medicaid services that states are required to provide.

Minnesota's EPSDT program is called the Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Program and is the responsibility of the Department of Human Services. About 375,000 children from ages 0 through 20 who are enrolled in Minnesota's Health Care Programs are eligible to receive Child and Teen Checkups and comprehensive health care.


Upon completion of this training you will be able to:

1. Describe the importance of both hearing screening and early identification of hearing loss

2. Identify the C&TC hearing screening procedures for children and youth ages 0 through 20

3. Differentiate between subjective and objective components of the hearing screening

4. Document hearing screening results or the reason why screening was not completed

For more information contact:

Hearing and Vision Program
Maternal & Child Health Section
Minnesota Department of Health
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 400
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone (651) 201-3760
Fax (651) 201-3590

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