The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program is a national effort to identify babies with a hearing status that impacts language development at birth. This is important because there is a critical period in brain
development when the pathways for language and communication are laid down. If babies with a hearing status that impacts language development can be identified and entered into appropriate habilitative services by 6 months of age
they will have language quotients within the normal range, otherwise they will have significant language delays.
Every AAP Chapter was asked to appoint a “Chapter Champion” for infant hearing screening to provide professional education for the Chapter, respond to pediatricians’ concerns, advocate for the program locally
and work with the AAP’s national EHDI Taskforce. The Maryland Chapter Champion is Deborah Badawi, MD, FAAP.
Please do not hesitate to contact her at email@example.com.
The Chapter membership was surveyed about their educational needs and the ways they preferred to access information. In addition to print materials, the members asked for a webpage of their own on infant hearing,
designed for those in the trenches practicing pediatrics, with the nitty gritty information they needed accessible 24/7. This Chapter EHDI webpage is our attempt to provide easily accessible just- in- time information
on the specific topics you, our members, asked for in the survey.
Maryland is doing well with EHDI, and can document that over 99% of babies are screened. But, like the rest of the country, we have difficulty documenting that all babies who do not pass the initial screen receive the
appropriate long -term follow up and interventions. Pediatricians need to be able to easily access hospital screening results and to find out if the babies referred for diagnostic evaluation actually go. They also need
to easily access the diagnostic results in order to provide optimal care. The Maryland Infant Hearing Program recently upgraded their data system to meet these needs and enable Maryland to document appropriate follow up, so
that the Infant Hearing Program can use it resources to assist the families of babies who are truly lost to follow up, not just lost to documentation. Please register to use the database byclicking here. It will make things
much easier for your office and improve outcomes for our babies!