Hearing loss is the most common birth defect, occurring at a rate of three in every 1,000 children. The first months of life are a critical period for developing speech and language skills. Early identification of a hearing loss and appropriate intervention enhances a child's potential for speech and language development.
The goal of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) is to assure that all Oregon newborns receive a hearing screening by one month of age, infants who refer on newborn screening receive diagnostic evaluation by three months of age and infants diagnosed with loss are enrolled into early intervention services by six months of age.
Steps every family can take to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.