Childhood deafness is one of the most common birth conditions in the United States. Newborn hearing screening is the first step in the early hearing detection and intervention process.
On average, 3/1,000 babies born will have some form of hearing loss. Before universal newborn hearing screening became the standard of care, children born deaf or hard of hearing were not identified until 2-1/2 to 3 years of age.
When left undetected in infants and young children, deafness will impair a child's ability to develop normal speech and language skills, stay on track academically with their hearing peers, and achieve on time social and emotional milestones.
To ensure that newborns and infants identified as deaf or hard of hearing begin receiving appropriate and timely high quality services, the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (NE-EHDI) Program has developed goals focusing on newborn hearing screening, diagnostic evaluations, early intervention, medical home, family support, periodic hearing screenings, professional development, program development, EHDI promotion, and data systems.
Early detection and early intervention saves money!
Nebraska Early Development Network (EDN) provides Early Intervention (EI) services for families with children birth to age three with developmental delays and/or health care needs and connects families to needed services. EI is an individualized program of services and supports based on the needs of the individual family.
EI is important because research shows that the first three years are the most important time for learning in a child's life. Providing developmental supports and services early improves a child's ability to develop and learn. It may also prevent or decrease the need for special education services later on. The goal of early intervention in Nebraska is to "open a window of opportunity" for families to help their children with special needs develop to their full potential.
Families Page of the EDN website for more information about EI services in Nebraska.
An Advisory Committee, comprised of stakeholders representing many disciplines and perspectives, has been active in
providing leadership since the implementation of the Infant Hearing Act of 2000. The Advisory Committee meets twice a year and meetings are open to the public.
The purpose of the NE-EHDI Advisory Committee is to provide direction and guidance to the NE-EHDI Program regarding the newborn hearing screening system. Specific Advisory Committee activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
The membership of Advisory Committee is culturally and geographically representative of stakeholders with an interest in and concern for newborn hearing screening. The Advisory Committee consists of no more than 20 voting members, and the NE-EHDI Program Manager who is a non-voting member.
2019 Meeting Dates & Locations: (Meetings are posted on the
Public Meeting Calendar)
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H61MC00065, Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, $250,000 total award amount. No nongovernmental sources support the program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
This project is supported by the by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under Cooperative Agreement Number, 2 NUR3DD000797-06-00, award amount of $150,000. The NE-EHDI Program is 100% financed with Federal money and no funding is received by nongovernmental sources. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.