Early Hearing Detection and Intervention A roadmap to success

Inpatient screening: at birth

Tools for Improvement

Standardize the process for documenting all newborn screening results in the hospital records

Record and report the results accurately to the state EHDI program via the blood specimen card

Standardize communications (written and verbal) with parents about newborn screening results

Verify the PCP/Medical Home before discharge (vital to ensure accurate follow-up)

Communicate did not pass results to the PCP/Medical Home as a modified critical value requiring confirmation

Identify two points of contact for families of infants who did not pass (i.e. a relative or friend)

Provide clear communication about next steps

Schedule the follow-up appointment prior to discharge, stressing importance with families

Offer a referral to local public health for infants who did not pass

Resources: Tools for Improvement

Materials marked with * are available to order free-of-charge on the Minnesota Newborn Screening Program website.

Resources for Providers

Newborn Hearing Screening Fact Sheet

Sample Competency Checklist for Screeners Performing Newborn Hearing Screening

Sample Newborn Hearing Screening Policy and Procedure for the Newborn Nursery (pdf) 

The Sample Policy and Procedure document above was created as a guide for your own internal policy and procedure regarding newborn hearing screening. If you would like to have an editable Word version, you can email us your request at ehdi@state.mn.us

Sample Newborn Hearing Screening Flowchart for the Well Baby Nursery

Sample Newborn Hearing Screening Flowchart for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Sample Newborn Hearing Screening Flowchart for Out-of-Hospital Births

ABR Tips

OAE Testing Steps & Dos and Don'ts

Risk Indicators Associated with Permanent Congenital, Delayed-onset, or Progressive Hearing Loss in Childhood

Hearing Screening Result and Follow-up Process for the Well-Baby Nursery

Hearing Screening Result and Follow-up Process for NICU Graduates

How to Communicate Results

Hearing PASS Result* (English) *Available in English, Hmong, Karen, Russian, Somali and Spanish (Order here)

Hearing ALERT: REFER Result* (English) *Available in English, Hmong, Karen, Russian, Somali and Spanish (Order here)

Tips for Communicating REFER Results to Families

MN EHDI Patient Checklist for Primary Care Providers

Hearing Screening Follow-up Process

Hearing and Speech Milestones

How to Reduce Lost to Follow-up

Hearing Screening Form for Transferred Infants*

Sample Hearing Logbook

Hospital Follow-up Medical Fact Sheet

Proper Documentation

Parent Preparation for Audiology Appointment Form

EHDI Teach-back Tool


Resources for Families

What to Do If Your Baby's Screening Reveals a Possible Hearing Problem

Hearing Developmental Milestones (2nd page of Hearing PASS Result)

Hearing Screening Family Fact Sheet (REFER / Did Not Pass)


Resources in the Community

Minnesota Hands and Voices

Minnesota Hands and Voices: Resource Directory

Training Opportunities

Watch video

Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum (NCHAM)