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Newborn Hearing Screening Program

The Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (LA EHDI) program works to ensure all children who are deaf or hard of hearing can effectively communicate and develop the language skills they need to learn, grow and thrive.

It is important to identify a baby's hearing level as early as possible so families can figure out the best way to communicate with them. Children who are deaf or hard of hearing may need to learn other ways of communicating, such as sign language.

Each year, Beauregard Health System reports data to the Louisiana Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (LA EHDI) program. Based on data for infants born between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, the hearing screening rate for Beauregard Health System is 100%; the current benchmark is 98%. The statewide average in Louisiana for screening newborns prior to hospital discharge during 2018 is 99.07%. Beauregard Health System’s refer rate (infants who do not pass the screening) is 0.62%; the current benchmark is 4% or less. The 2018 Louisiana statewide average refer rate is 3.83%.

Based on these scores, Beauregard Health System ranked tied for 1st out of 48 birthing hospitals in Louisiana.

Source: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/768