Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Wisconsin Sound Beginnings:
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
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Wisconsin Sound Beginnings promotes and supports universal newborn
hearing screening (UNHS) and follow-up services statewide.
The program goals are as follows:
- Screen 100% of births for hearing loss
- All infants with hearing loss are diagnosed by 3 months of age
- All infants with confirmed significant hearing loss receive appropriate
medical evaluation and intervention services by 6 months of age
- Establish a comprehensive data collection and surveillance system
Wisconsin Sound Beginnings is funded in part by a federal grant. The
Division of Public Health has received grants from both the Maternal and Child
Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to
implement a statewide early hearing detection program and to assure timely and
appropriate follow-up services are available to all families of children who are
deaf or hard of hearing. The MCHB grant funds are used to support new
initiatives such as the Guide By Your Side Program, as well as provider
education, training and technical assistance opportunities.
For a list of free educational materials, go to Wisconsin's
state profile information. "Wisconsin's Early Hearing Detection
and Intervention Materials Overview" gives ordering information and
instructions for how to use the materials.
Additional information about EHDI may be obtained from the National
Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.
For information related to quality improvement go to www.improveehdi.org/wi
For more information on Wisconsin Sound Beginnings and UNHS, contact
Elizabeth Seeliger at (608) 267-9191 or Elizabeth.Seeliger@dhs.wisconsin.gov
December 04, 2013