The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) issued a position statement advocating early detection of, and intervention for infants with hearing loss through the use of state and national regulated universal newborn hearing screenings.
Infants undergo a hearing screening prior to hospital discharge. If an infant does not pass the initial screening, they should receive diagnostic follow-up for hearing loss before 3 months of age. If a hearing loss is detected, they should be enrolled in an early intervention program by 6 months of age.
All 50 states currently have Early Hearing detection and Intervention Programs in place.