HOSPITAL HEARING SCREENING REQUIREMENT SUMMARYAll infants born in a facility or transferred to a facility must have either an OAE or ABR hearing screening test performed prior to discharge from the hospital.
If a child is transferred to another facility, the accepting facility is responsible for screening prior to discharge home.
Screening may be performed only by appropriately trained professionals supervised by a licensed audiologist or physician with training in infant hearing screening.
All hospitals are required repeat the hearing screening prior to discharge if an infant is readmitted to the hospital within the first month of life when there is a condition associated with potential hearing loss (e.g. hyperbilirubinemia requiring exchange transfusion or culture-positive sepsis).
If the child "refers for further testing" in either one or both ears, the discharging hospital should provide the family with a follow-up rescreening appointment for the infant and educational information for the family.
The discharging hospital is required to send a copy of the initial newborn hearing screening results to the primary care physician (PCP) if known when the infant leaves the hospital.