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October 6, 2017

Congress Passes Bill to Expand Services to Children with Hearing Loss


October 6, 2017—With October being Audiology Awareness Month, we especially enjoyed receiving the exciting news that Congress has just passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act!

This bi-partisan backed legislation will improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis and treatment of newborns and infants who are deaf or hard of hearing, and expand programs to include young children as well.

We’re grateful to the bill’s two lead sponsors, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who expect the President to sign off and make this bill law.

“Early hearing detection is critical because children with hearing loss often fall behind their peers in speech development, cognitive skills and social skills,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “This bill takes important steps to improve early hearing detection and intervention for newborns, infants, and young children. I am pleased my House colleagues acted quickly on this important legislation, and I urge the president to sign it into law.”

“This bill will help kids by strengthening health programs that can detect, diagnose and address hearing loss. I’m proud we were able to get our bipartisan bill passed by Congress so it can start making a difference in the lives of families in Virginia.” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said. “I was glad to join Senator Portman on this important piece of legislation and look forward to the President swiftly signing this into law.”

You can find the full text of the bill at congress.gov. And to learn more about Audiology Awareness Month, visit the American Academy of Audiology’s website.