Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program - Hearing Screening


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Wisconsin Sound Beginnings:
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

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Wisconsin Sound Beginnings promotes and supports universal newbornhearing 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. TheDivision of Public Health has received grants from both the Maternal and ChildHealth Bureau (MCHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toimplement a statewide early hearing detection program and to assure timely andappropriate follow-up services are available to all families of children who aredeaf or hard of hearing. The MCHB grant funds are used to support newinitiatives such as the Guide By Your Side Program, as well as providereducation, 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 NationalCenter for Hearing Assessment and Management.

For information related to quality improvement go to  

For information on training and technical assistance related to early hearingdetection and intervention, go to the WisconsinBirth to 3 Training and Technical Assistance web site.

For more information on Wisconsin Sound Beginnings and UNHS, contactElizabeth Seeliger at (608) 267-9191 or 

Last Revised: October 13, 2014