Newborn Hearing Screening Bill Passed

Earlier this month, the U.S. Congress passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017, which allows newborns and young children to continue to receive hearing screenings.  The reauthorization of this federal program will fund hearing screenings for newborns through 3-year-olds until 2022. In addition to increasing the age limit for screening, the new program enhances options for follow-up testing and intervention if a child fails the screening.

What is the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening?

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening is a mandatory test to a check a baby's hearing after birth, before leaving the hospital. If a baby is born at home, best practices recommends that the newborns hearing be tested before 1 month of age, a services that Dr. Wilson has the joy of being a part of here at Sound.

So Why is the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening So Important?

It is important to identify hearing loss as early as possible because babies start learning how to use sound as soon as they are born. Listening in the first months of life prepares babies to speak. These early steps are building blocks for communication as seen through babbling, and using words. Hearing loss is more common than any other problems or conditions that are screened for at birth. About one to three babies out of every 1,000 will be born with a permanent hearing loss.



Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!