Advances in technology now make it possible to screen babies for hearing loss soon after they are born. When babies with hearing loss are identified early, intervention can have a dramatic, positive impact on speech, language, and overall development. Because of this, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law that mandates hearing screening for all newborns in the Commonwealth. Each birth hospital and birth center is required to have a program to ensure that every baby has his or her hearing screened before going home. Babies who do not pass or miss a hearing screening are referred to audiological diagnostic centers approved by the Department of Public Health. In Massachusetts, one of every four infants who do not pass a hearing screening will be diagnosed with a hearing loss.The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program helps families access services if their newborn missed or did not pass a hearing screen.
- Family Social - Saturday, June 1, 2013, Woburn file size 3MB
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- Information for Parents
Includes information on screening, diagnosis and support and additional resources.
- Information for Providers
Includes information on policy, laws and regulations, and additional resources.
- Program Data and Information for Researchers
- Open Meetings
This program is part of Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs.
- Family Social - Saturday, May 11, 2013, Westfield
- Parent Forum - Saturday, March 23, 2013 file size 2MB
- Family Social - Saturday, January 12, 2013 file size 1MB
- 2012 Parent Forum file size 2MB
- 2011 Forum for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Hearing Loss
Janet Farrell, Director
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
phone: 1-800-882-1435 or 617-624-5959