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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Updated: 04/13/2015

National Technical Resource Center for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

a nurse testing an infant's hearing

NCHAM is pleased to continue serving as the National Technical Resource Center (NTRC) for Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, along with support from the Administration of Children and Families Office of Head Start. The NTRC will support new and ongoing efforts at the state, regional, and national levels to:

  1. Meet professional training and family information needs.
  2. Provide forums for communication and coordination among stakeholders.
  3. Expand hearing screening programs in early childhood and health care settings.

Specifically, our goals are to help states create, improve, and operate sustainable Early Hearing Detection and Intervention  (EHDI) systems in which:

All infants

  • are screened for hearing loss, and
  • those who do not pass, receive diagnostic evaluations before 3 months of age, and
  • those with hearing loss are enrolled in early intervention before 6 months of age.

All families of infants identified with permanent hearing loss

  • receive culturally-competent support and information, and
  • are linked to a family-centered medical home.

All young children

  • are screened periodically for hearing loss and receive appropriate follow-up.

All State EHDI systems

  • are linked to other relevant public health information systems;
  • use ongoing quality improvement methods to continually enhance services, and
  • disseminate appropriate and timely information to families, health care providers, and other relevant stakeholders.

To accomplish these objectives, with an added focus on ensuring that children who need services do not become lost to follow-up after screening, NCHAM will:

  • Continue and refine the most successful technical assistance activities provided during previous years through the Technical Assistance Network.
  • Expand and coordinate work with Collaborating Agencies, including governmental, professional, and advocacy organizations that have proven to be vital in improving EHDI programs.
  • Implement new initiatives to address the most urgent gaps identified by MCHB, State EHDI Coordinators, current collaborators, and other EHDI experts. These initiatives will focus on resource and promising practice development and dissemination, public awareness activities, education and training, policy and financing initiatives, and evidence-based data collection for quality assurance.

Through these and other activities, we look forward to supporting all individuals and entities serving children and families in EHDI programs.