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Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

The mission of the Virginia Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program is to minimize or eliminate communication disorders resulting from hearing loss.
The goal of the Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program is to identify congenital hearing loss in children before three months of age and to assure enrollment in appropriate early intervention services before six months of age.

 

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Click here for what parents need to know. With all of the information parents receive before they leave the hospital, it's important not to let your baby's hearing slip through the cracks. The timeliness of your child's testing and diagnosis can make a difference in how they will perform in school.

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VEHDI Program
109 Governor St., 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7713
Fax: (804) 864-7721
Toll Free#: 1-866-493-1090
VA Relay#: 7-1-1 or 1-800-828-1120
hearing@vdh.virginia.gov

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VEDHI Program

Program services include:

  • Providing information and referral to families
  • Collaborating with birthing hospitals, primary care providers, audiologists, and birthing centers, and
  • Educating the community

Up to 300 babies are born each year in Virginia with hearing loss. That is why it is important to test all newborn babies before they leave the hospital. If hearing loss is found early, a child will have the best chance to learn. Research has shown that children with hearing loss can progress normally in their language and social skills when intervention begins by six months of age. The technology exists that allows babies with congenital hearing loss to be identified safely, early, inexpensively and with minimal discomfort to the baby and concern of the family. Early identification of hearing loss and early appropriate intervention promote optimal functioning and reduce health care, special education, and other service costs for families and taxpayers.


The Code of Virginia §32.1-64.1 and the Virginia regulations 12 VAC 5-80 require that all hospitals with newborn nurseries and all hospitals with neonatal intensive care services will screen the hearing of all newborns prior to discharge and report to the Virginia Department of Health through the Virginia Infants Screening Infant Tracking System (VISITS) in the Virginia Vital Events and Screening Tracking System (VVESTS).


Hospitals are also required to inform the parent and the child's primary health care provider about the infant's risk status and/or screening results and recommendations for follow-up. Persons who provide audiological services are required to:

  • report children who are at risk for hearing loss, children who fail to pass a hearing screening and children identified with hearing loss to the Virginia Department of Health; and,
  • to give parents information about hearing loss, including choices about learning communication, and to refer them to local early intervention services.

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Last Updated: 05-09-2014

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