The Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (LA EHDI) Program

Communication is Key 

 

 

The Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (LA EHDI) program works to ensure all children who are deaf or hard of hearing can effectively communicate and develop the language skills they need to learn, grow and thrive.

It is important to identify a baby's hearing level as early as possible so families can figure out the best way to communicate with them. Children who are deaf or hard of hearing may need to learn other ways of communicating, such as sign language.

Because hearing screening is the first step in finding out if a child is deaf or hard of hearing, all babies in Louisiana are screened. EHDI follows and promotes the national 1-3-6 national guidelines for hearing screening detection and intervention – hearing screening before 1 month of age, follow-up testing before 3 months of age, and enrollment in early intervention services before 6 months of age. Program staff manage the collection of this data and connect families with support groups and early intervention specialists. Enrollment in early intervention as soon as possible plays an important part in helping children who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential.

The EHDI program has a state-mandated advisory council that includes Deaf representatives, parents of D/deaf children, physicians, and hospital administrators to help guide their efforts.

 

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About Us
Find more information on the EHDI program, how we're funded, and how to contact us. 

For Families and Caregivers
Learn more about the EHDI process, early intervention, and our recommended resources.

For Healthcare Professionals and Providers
Explore tools and resources for birthing facilities, audiologists, and pediatricians.

Additional Resources
If you're looking for more information on early hearing detection and intervention, visit:

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)
American Society for Deaf Children
Just in Time Resource Guide for Families

Partners For Family Health Data Center
View our fact sheets and data reports. You can also gain access to our data request form here.

Our Partners
Learn more about other programs within the Bureau of Family Health.