All babies born in Massachusetts receive a hearing screen before they leave the hospital. Every year about 1300 babies in Massachusetts do not pass their hearing screen. About 220 babies in Massachusetts are diagnosed with hearing loss each year, after more detailed hearing testing.
The Massachusetts Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program helps families. Our program connects with families to make sure that diagnosis and intervention are not delayed. Our program goals are for babies to have a diagnostic appointment 3 weeks after they leave the hospital and if hearing loss is found then for Early Intervention to begin as soon as possible. Our program also helps families connect with other families with children with hearing loss through support activities and education/social events.
Local Program Performance Data, July 2014 to June 2015 file size 2MB file size 4MB
Videos and Digital Stories
Hearing Testing Centers
What is Newborn Hearing Screening?
Providing Diagnosis and Support
When a child is diagnosed with hearing loss, the audiologist shares a packet of information with families.
Laws, Regulations and Guidelines
Developmental Hearing Milestones and Additional Resources
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - September 12, 2016
Sarah Stone, Acting Director
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health .