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.
This program is part of Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs.
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
Janet Farrell, Director
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
phone: 1-800-882-1435 or 617-624-5959