Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Publications
Order multiple printed copies of the following publications from the Texas Healthsteps Resource Catalog. Select Newborn Hearing Screening.
Order Education Materials to Give Parents
The TEHDI Trainings page provides information about in-person and online trainings.
Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 47 requires written parental consent to share newborn hearing screening information with the Department of State Health Services. Some general consent forms do not address this mandate. To facilitate the TEHDI process and to foster parental awareness of services and organizations along the continuum of care, an English/Spanish consent form/template is available in the link below. The form/template can be used at the birthing facility level as well as other hearing service providers as needed.
The passage of HB411 during the 82nd Legislative Regular Session changed newborn hearing screening in birthing facilities from an “opt-in” to an “opt-out” screening process. This means that a newborn will receive the hearing screening unless the family decides to decline the screening. The executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), prescribed a form to document a parent's decision to decline the newborn hearing screening. The form is to be used only when a family declines the hearing screening. This form should not be included within the regular admission paperwork that a family signs.
Some facilities have not obtained access to the TEHDI web-based management information system (MIS) in order to report follow-up care. For these facilities, a form is available which can be faxed. To gain access to the free, web-based MIS, call: 866-427-5768 and choose option 3.
Certification Requirements for Birth Facilities
Additional Resources for Audiologists and Physicians
External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may not be accessible to people with visual impairment.