Minnesota EHDI Program


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Educate providers about latest clinical recommendations

Identify criteria for personnel who can conduct hearing screenings

Establish State protocols on babies who do not pass UNHS

Develop and maintain a list of providers with knowledge and expertise on EHDI

Improve access to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems

Assess and monitor State's Part C program in current service delivery and effectiveness related to children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Provide formal feedback to birthing facilities regarding EHDI statistics

Create a formal annual needs assessment for families

Collect and disseminate data gathered by the EHDI Program

Closing The Follow-Up Gap: Minnesota EHDI Program

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

In 2007, Minnesota Statute section 144.966 mandated the reporting of newborn hearing screening results and added hearing loss to the panel of more than 50 rare conditions for which every newborn in Minnesota is screened unless parents opt-out. This legislation requires:

  • All hospitals to screen every newborn for hearing loss and report results to the MDH

  • Professionals who conduct diagnostic procedures to confirm hearing loss to report the results to parents, primary care providers, and the MDH

  • The MDH to design, implement, and evaluate a system of follow-up and tracking

  • The MDH to evaluate program outcomes to increase effectiveness and efficiency and ensure culturally appropriate services for children with a confirmed hearing loss and their families

This same legislation created the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee. The committee is intended to function in an advisory capacity to the Minnesota Department of Health program managers in Newborn Screening and the Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (MCYSHN) subject areas and, ultimately, to the Commissioner of Health. The members are "to advise and assist the Department of Health and the Department of Education in developing protocols and timelines for screening, rescreening, and diagnostic audiological assessment and early medical, audiological, and educational intervention services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing." This committee is to extend and supplement the range of expertise of MDH's and MDE's technical staff.

MN EHDI Program Goals, Data, and Committee Meetings

Minnesota EHDI 2015 Annual Report

MN EHDI Goals, Indicators and Benchmarks

Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee Operating Procedures

Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2022 Committee Meeting Dates (Virtual platform until further notice):
May 18, 2022 (1-4 PM TBD)
August 17, 2022 (1-4 PM TBD)
November 16, 2022 (1-4 PM TBD)

Location of Committee Meetings (when in person):

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy. N
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Roadmap for success

Create and maintain a care map outlining expected care through the first year of life.

Find Minnesota providers

Timely referrals to appropriate providers are critical for reducing loss to follow-up.

Resources for families

How early - and by what means - can you tell if a child is deaf or hard of hearing?