Newborn Screening Unit, Newborn Hearing Screening
Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI)
Revised newborn hearing screening rules, Chapter 37 of the Texas Administrative Code §§37.501 through 37.507, 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 and newborn hearing screening program protocols and certification are effective May 14, 2015.
Contact Doug Dittfurth, TEHDI coordinator, with questions about birth facility certification requirements email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-252-8023, extension 7726 or 512-776-7726. (Use relay option of your choice to call if needed.)