Information About Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Programs

At a glance

CDC supports state and territorial EHDI programs in collecting data to ensure that children with hearing loss receive timely diagnosis and intervention services.

Infant getting hearing test

CDC-funded EHDI programs

NCBDDD's Outcomes and Developmental Data Assistance Center for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

In 2020, CDC awarded funding to the Regents of the University of Colorado to serve as the first of its kind NCBDDD's Outcomes and Developmental Data Assistance Center for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (ODDACE). This center expands public health capacity to gather, analyze, and use intervention and developmental outcome data of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).

NCBDDD's ODDACE works with selected states to support children who are D/HH by

  1. documenting the receipt of intervention services,
  2. assessing the relationship between intervention services and developmental outcomes (including language), and
  3. promoting practices to ensure success in early childhood.

Visit the ODDACE website

State and territorial EHDI programs

In 2020, CDC awarded multiple states and territories a four-year award "Improving Timely Documentation, Reporting, and Analysis of Diagnostic and Intervention Data through Optimization of EHDI Surveillance Practices and Information Systems."

This award aims to advance the capacity of jurisdictions to actively track infants to ensure they receive essential diagnostic services and enrolled in early intervention by

  • optimizing their Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Information Systems and
  • expanding their ability to report, analyze, and use patient-level data.

Resources for EHDI programs

Evaluation of EHDI-IS

Planning an Evaluation of an EHDI Information System The information in this document can help you conduct an evaluation of an EHDI-IS. It is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, and the Updated Guidelines for Evaluating Public Health Surveillance Systems. While this resource is not intended to be a complete technical guide, it does describe the important steps of an evaluation. To help explain this information, the document uses examples from a fictional EHDI program to illustrate the major steps in planning and performing an evaluation.

State and territorial profiles

The State and Territorial Profile includes information about legislation, guidelines, grants and available educational materials.

Find your state or territory profile

Annual data

Find EHDI annual data

EHDI contacts

Find the contact information, including websites, for EHDI funded and nonfunded states and territories.

Free materials

View and print educational materials, including:

  • Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child's Audiologist
  • Just in Time for Pediatric Primary Care Providers
  • Guía para padres sobre la genética y la pérdida auditiva
  • And more...

Brochures and Fact Sheets

Conferences and meetings

Every year, the EHDI National Conference brings together a wide variety of attendees including those who:

  • Work in state EHDI programs
  • Assist in EHDI efforts on the federal level
  • Provide screening, diagnostic and early intervention support at the national, state and local level to young children with hearing loss and their families
  • Champion Medical Home activities within each state
  • Are parents of children with hearing loss
  • Are deaf or hard-of-hearing adults who are helping to expand opportunities for young children with hearing loss

Recommendations and guidelines

Find recommendations and guidelines related to universal newborn hearing screening and early hearing detection and intervention programs.

Recommendations and Guidelines

Other resources

Public Health Grand Rounds