What is the role of the audiologist in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program?

  • Completes initial diagnostic audiologic evaluation using a battery of physiological testing procedures (JCIH 2007).
  • Reports the results of the diagnostic audiologic hearing evaluation to the child's PCP, including information that an infant was not successfully tested after being referred for testing.
  • Reports to the Department of Health, using the Diagnostic Evaluation Reporting Form, the names of all children who received a diagnostic evaluation and those who were not successfully tested after being referred for a diagnostic evaluation.
  • Makes a referral to Early Intervention for children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss and reports the date of referral to the Department of Health.
  • Provides parents information about hearing and hearing loss, and communication and education options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Fits children with amplification including hearing aids or other assistive technology; refers for consideration of cochlear implant candidacy when appropriate.

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The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) works with audiologists to ensure that babies who do not pass their newborn hearing screening receive a diagnostic evaluation no later than 3 months of age. Audiologists report the results of a child’s hearing evaluation to the child’s primary care physician and to PA DOH.

Find out more about the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program