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Hospitals and Birthing Centers

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Partnership

  • Conduct infant hearing screenings on newborns before hospital discharge as required

  • Designate a hearing screening coordinator who is responsible for the coordination of the facility's hearing screening program and report the name annually to ODH or sooner if there is a change

  • Develop a written protocol that complies with Ohio Administrative Code for hospitals and birthing centers

  • Report hearing screening results, type of testing and applicable risk factors to the baby’s primary care provider or doctor

  • Screenings results or reasons why screenings were not performed are required be reported to the Ohio Department of Health Infant Hearing Program within 10 days of the screening or birth if not screened

  • Use the Infant Hearing training to hospitals and birthing centers to support the hospital training 

  • Infant Hearing memos are provided to hospitals and birthing centers frequently with important updates or changes

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Responsibilities

  • Perform hearing screening around 12 hours after birth.

  • Share the parent brochure and discuss the hearing screening process with parents prior to screening.

  • Provide hearing screening results in writing to the family that include type(s) of testing, results for each ear and test, and applicable risk factors

  • Talk with the baby’s parents about hearing screening results and next steps

  • Remind parents that the hearing screening is a snapshot in time and the hearing ability can change

  • If the baby does not pass the second screening, let the parents know that the baby needs a hearing evaluation, which is a more detailed hearing test

  • Remind, coach and engage parents about the follow up testing and time frame for follow up

  • The hearing evaluations can be scheduled by the hospital or birthing center before discharge

  • Provide a list of audiology providers that are close do hearing evaluations

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Trainings

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Coordinator Resources

  • Report new Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Coordinator to ODH

  • Hospital scheduling for non pass results

  • Scripted message for screeners

UNHS Memos