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For School Aged Children with Hearing Loss

The Department of Education in New Jersey has an office that addresses hearing loss specifically in preschool and school-age children.

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New Jersey Legislation

Important Information for Women of Childbearing Age Related to Childhood Hearing Loss.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common viral cause of birth defects & developmental disabilities in the United States. Anyone can be infected with CMV and not even realize it, but pregnant women who are exposed to CMV may pass this virus on to their unborn baby. Talk to your doctor for more information on CMV and learn more about simple steps you can take to prevent exposure to this virus.

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Newborn Hearing Screening

  Newborn Hearing Screening Brochure: "Can My Baby Hear?" 
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Children begin learning speech and language in the first few months of life.  Children with hearing loss who get help early develop better language skills than those who don’t. The earlier you know about a child’s hearing loss, the sooner you can begin strategies that will help him or her learn to successfully communicate.

If you have been told "your baby needs another hearing test", please click on the link in the blue column for more information. 


Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

EHDI is a national public health initiative that supports the '1-3-6' Guidelines: screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to one month of age, completing diagnostic audiologic evaluation prior to three months of age for infants that do not pass their hearing screening, and early intervention enrollment by no later than six months of age for children diagnosed with hearing loss. 

In 2002, New Jersey passed a law requiring hearing screening for all newborns.  The New Jersey EHDI program offers technical support to hospitals on their newborn hearing screening and follow-up programs.  New Jersey EHDI tracks the number of infants screened and how many children are identified with hearing loss in a timely manner. New Jersey EHDI works with health care providers, local and state agencies that serve children with hearing loss, and families to ensure that infants and toddlers receive timely hearing screening and diagnostic testing, appropriate habilitation services, and enrollment in intervention programs designed to meet the needs of children with newly identified hearing loss.

Why Should My Baby’s Hearing be Screened?
  • Most babies can hear well at birth, but a few do not.
  • We screen all babies to find the ones who may have a hearing loss.
  • It is important to find a hearing loss as soon as possible. Babies whose hearing loss is not found early, will have a hard time learning. If we find hearing loss early, there are many ways we can help your baby.
  • Hearing screening is safe and painless and can usually be done is less than 15 minutes (Most babies sleep right through it!)
  • You will get your babies hearing screening results and, if needed, any recommendations for follow-up before you leave the hospital.
Nice to Meet You

This positive and informative video introduces parents to a diverse group of young Deaf and hard of hearing students and young adults, who enthusiastically share their first-hand experiences and wisdom as they answer questions on what it is like to grow up with a hearing loss.

Contact Us

Contact Your Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program Team:

Department of Health

Pamela Aasen, B.Ed., D.A.U.S., M.Ed., EHDI Coordinator 
Nancy Schneider, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA, EHDI Audiologist
Nicole Dennis, Data Administrative Analyst
Tracey Hayes, EHDI Clerk

EHDI Team:
Department of Health
PO Box 364
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Voice: (609) 292-5676
Fax: (609) 633-7820



Last Reviewed: 1/19/2024