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Indiana's newborn screening law requires that every baby born in Indiana be tested for 47 conditions (including sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, hearing loss, and critical congenital heart disease).  For the most current information, please visit the ISDH Newborn Screening website.

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Why is this Important?

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs across the country significantly lower the age of identifying hearing loss in young children. These efforts give children with hearing loss an opportunity to learn and grow at the same rate as all children. Indiana strives to screen all babies for hearing loss prior to 1 month of age; diagnose babies with hearing loss prior to 3 months of age; and ensure enrollment in early intervention services prior to 6 months of age. In 1993, the average age of identification for children born in the U.S. was 2 ½ years. In 2008, Indiana's average age was about 5 months. Indiana's median age of diagnosis was 3 ½ months of age that same year.

EHDI is focused on developing the following components:

  • Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Family Support
  • Diagnostic Audiology Follow-up
  • Early Childhood Screening
  • Early Intervention
  • Data Management
  • Medical Home
  • Financing and Reimbursement
  • Program Evaluation

Role of IPN

In 1999, IPN spearheaded efforts to pass HEA 1410, which established the statewide newborn hearing screening program.

IPN also collaborates with the Indiana State Dept of Health to "get the word out” about the benefits of early identification of hearing loss through sharing information with a broad range of perinatal healthcare providers throughout the state.

For more information, contact Gayla Hutsell Guignard at 888.815.0006 or ghutsell@isdh.in.gov

 

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Indiana Perinatal Network
1991 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Phone: 866.338.0825
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