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The Role of Birth Hospitals in Infant Hearing

The birth hospital plays a central role in the EHDI process.  Hospitals in New Jersey perform infant hearing screenings before nursery discharge and communicate these results with parents, primary care providers and the EHDI program.   What’s more, they are doing a great job screening over 100,000 babies each year!  Over 99.8% of all babies born in a New Jersey had their hearing screened before they were discharged home.

All New Jersey birthing facilities are required to have a plan (policy) on file outlining their procedures to ensure compliance with New Jersey EHDI Administrative Rules and the 2007 JCIH Position Statement guidelines. Annual submission of the policy is required. 


EHDI Requirements

The main role of the hospital's EHDI program is to ensure that the EHDI requirements for their facility are met and to serve as a liaison to the State EHDI program.  

Each New Jersey hospital identifies a main EHDI contact person.  This individual oversees the EHDI operations for their facility, receives New Jersey EHDI correspondences and answers EHDI questions for their facility while serving as a liaison for parents should questions arise.  The New Jersey EHDI program has created two educational webinars that clarify many of the roles and responsibilities for the main EHDI contact person. 

Last Reviewed: 11/18/2020