Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
The Iowa Department of Public Health administers the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program to assure all infants receive a hearing screening and have access to the follow-up services they may need. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program is focused on ensuring that children with or at risk of hearing loss, receive the audiological and early intervention services they need. The program also offers Guide By Your Side (GBYS) services
, a family support program for families of young children with a hearing loss. All EHDI program activities are designed to reach the national 1-3-6 goals: hearing screening for all children no later than one month of age, diagnosis no later than three months of age, and entry into early intervention no later than six months of age.