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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS)

Q: What is Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS)? 

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) status denotes a hospital or other birthing facility where most infants are screened for a hearing loss.

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Q: Where can I find information or resource guides for UNHS programs?

The following links provide information about implementing a UNHS program and other related topics.

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Q: How many UNHS programs exist?

According to our partner, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), there are approximately 2,500 such universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) programs.

Annually, NCHAM catalogues a list of U.S. hospital-based programs that implement UNHS. To learn more about which states are currently implementing UNHS, please visit the following NCHAM site,

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Q: What is the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH)?

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing – endorses early detection of, and intervention for, infants with hearing loss (EHDI) through integrated, interdisciplinary state and national systems of universal newborn hearing screening, evaluation, and family-centered intervention. The goal of JCIH through EHDI is to maximize linguistic and communicative competence and literacy development for children who are hard of hearing or deaf.

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Q: How many states have legislated UNHS programs?

The following link will provide more information regarding legislative mandates for UNHS,

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Sorry, we can't give you medical advice. Please talk with your doctor for questions about yourself or your family. For other information, please contact 

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Date: September 1, 2006
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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