Facility Certification Requirements for Newborn Hearing Screening


Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI)

Baby sleeps during her hearing screening.

Revised newborn hearing screening rules, Chapter 37 of the Texas Administrative Code §§37.501 through 37.507 (PDF), were published in the Texas Register on May 8, 2015. The rules incorporate legislative revisions from House Bill 411 and Senate Bill 229, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, and Senate Bill 793, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, which amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 47, Hearing Loss in Newborns.

The revisions reflect changes in definitions; changes in roles and responsibilities; clarification of requirements for birthing facilities; and changes to reporting by healthcare providers, including performance, tracking and documentation and intervention requirements. The revisions also clarified, and restructured sections to improve readability and user-friendliness. The revised rules were effective May 14, 2015 and the newborn hearing screening program protocols and certification (PDF) were effective June 30, 2015.

Contact Doug Dittfurth, TEHDI coordinator, with questions about birth facility certification requirements email at doug.dittfurth@dshs.state.tx.us or by phone at 1-800-252-8023, extension 7726 or 512-776-7726. (Use relay option of your choice to call if needed.)

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Last updated October 29, 2015