All infants born in Illinois are screened for hearing issues before discharge from the hospital. If an infant fails or misses the hearing test done in the hospital before they are release to go home, the hospital refers him or her to their local health department. The goal of the program is early detection of hearing loss as soon after birth as possible, but no later than 6 months of age to obtain the greatest developmental and functional potential.
- Public Health Nurses will link families identified through this program to an audiologist for further testing and management as needed.
- A home visit may also be made to the family and infant to assist in the referral and follow-up process.
For more information about the Newborn Hearing Program, please call 708-786-4000 and ask to speak to the Newborn Hearing Screening Program Coordinator.