East Central Health of Georgia

East Central Health District

Hearing Screening for Infants

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (UNHSI) is a system in which Public Health is working together with hospitals and primary health care providers to assure that:

  • Every newborn is screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge; infants not passing the initial and repeat screening receive appropriate diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when appropriate, are referred to intervention by six months of age;
  • Infants are linked with medical homes and families receive culturally competent support through the screening, diagnostic and intervention processes.