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Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI)

Infant sleeps through her hearing screening.The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program is dedicated to ensuring that newborns and young children with hearing loss are identified as early as possible. Our goal is to provide appropriate intervention services in order to prevent delays in communication and cognitive skill development. Texas Newborn Hearing Screening (NBHS) was established in 1999 through the passage of House Bill 714 and is being implemented in Texas birthing facilities. The Texas Department of State Health Services is the oversight state agency.

Texas and National Data

Read the 2011 Annual Report to learn more about the TEHDI program’s history, accomplishments and projects. View the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012 Annual Data for national statistics on early hearing detection and intervention. 

Zade pointing.Zade’s Story: TEHDI Program Makes a Difference

Zade, who has been wearing hearing aids for most of his young life, points to providers in the continuum of care to use the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program management information system that tracks the screening, diagnosis, and intervention process. Read more about Zade’s journey through the TEHDI process.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – Pediatric Audiologists Links to Services (EHDI-PALS)

EHDI-PALS provides a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age.

Providers are encouraged to list their facilities in the EHDI-PALS directory. List or update your facility in the directory.

Facility Certification Requirements for Newborn Hearing Screening

Please contact Doug Dittfurth, TEHDI Coordinator, with questions regarding birth facility certification requirements at 1-800-252-8023, extension 7726. (Use relay option of your choice if needed.)

Reporting to TEHDI

The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program provide reporting requirements to the statewide system for all hearing screening service providers.

For information on how to obtain a user name, password and system training, please call Oz Systems at (866) 427-5768. Then select option 3.

DSHS and its contractor, OZ Systems, are committed to providing the guidance and advice needed to help all facilities achieve required certification criteria and performance standards.

Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI)
PO Box 149347 MC-1918
Austin, Texas 78714-9909
Phone: 1-800-252-8023, ask for extension 7726
(Use relay option of your choice if needed.)
Fax: 512-776-7125
Email: tehdi@dshs.state.tx.us 

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Last updated July 09, 2014