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    Newborn Screening Unit
    Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI)
    PO Box 149347, MC-1918
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347

    Fax: 512-776-7125
    Toll-free: 800-252-8023, ext. 7726


Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Sign up for e-mail updatesTexas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) is dedicated to ensuring that newborns and young children are identified as early as possible if they are deaf or hard of hearing. Our goal is to provide appropriate intervention services in order to prevent delays in vocabulary, communication and cognitive skills development. 

Texas newborn hearing screening was established in 1999 through the passage of House Bill 714 and was implemented in Texas birthing facilities. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is the oversight state agency. 

July 2019 Distinguished Facilities 

Baby girl with a bilateral cochlear implant.TEHDI recognizes 181 facilities with distinguished status as of the July 2019 certification cycle. View list of distinguished facilities. 

Amended Program Certification Protocols Effective July 1

The newborn hearing screening program protocols and certification were amended and went into effect July 1, 2019. Read about the certification protocols and the certification process.

Cytomegalovirus: A Common Cause of Hearing Loss in Children

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a viral infection that is common. Most people have been infected with CMV by adulthood. If the CMV infection occurs for the first time during pregnancy, especially early in pregnancy, the developing fetus may have birth defects including being deaf or hard of hearing. CMV is the most common virus passed to an unborn baby, detectable in an estimated 0.64 -.70% of live births worldwide.

Eighty percent of babies with congenital CMV infection will never develop symptoms or disabilities. When congenital CMV does cause a problem, the most common effect is hearing loss. Although not easily spread from person to person, infection can occur following contact with the virus through various secretions including saliva. Good hygiene, such as hand washing, can help prevent CMV infection in pregnant women.

CMV infections account for approximately 15 to 21 percent of newborns with congenital deafness in the United States. A baby with a congenital CMV infection may develop hearing loss later in childhood and needs monitoring for hearing loss.

Learn More About CMV

  • Texas Information on Pregnancy Service (TexasTIPS) Sponsored by DSHS, this teratogen information program and hotline (toll free 1-855-884-7248) assists Texans in determining if a drug, infection, or environmental exposure could affect a pregnancy. A teratogen is any medication, chemical, infectious disease (including CMV), or environmental exposure that could affect the development of the fetus.
  • Information for Parents of Newborns (PDF) This DSHS pamphlet contains CMV information including treatment, prevention and resources starting on page 5. Order this publication in English or Spanish.
  • Cytomegalovirus: A Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Children – This article from the American Speech and Hearing Association's news magazine, The ASHA Leader, includes information on statistics, hearing loss and congenital CMV, treatment, prevention, and assessments.

Texas and National Data

View early hearing detection and intervention annual data and national summaries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

Zade has been wearing hearing aids for most of his young life. In the photo at right, he points to providers in the continuum of care to use the online TEHDI management information system that tracks the screening, diagnosis, and intervention process. Read more about Zade’s journey through the TEHDI process.

Pediatric Audiology Services 

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – Pediatric Audiologists Links to Services (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.

Reporting to TEHDI

DSHS and TEHDI provide reporting requirements to the statewide system for all hearing screening service providers. 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. 

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

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 disabilities.
Last updated August 21, 2019