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ENT-VSL-1.2 Data Details

ENT-VSL-1.2 Increase the proportion of newborns who receive audiologic evaluation no later than age 3 months for infants who did not pass the hearing screening

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
State-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program Network (EHDI); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC/NCBDDD)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
66.0 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of newborns who did not pass a hearing screening and received a comprehensive diagnostic audiologic evaluation before 3 months of age
Number of infants who did not pass a hearing screening test before 3 months of age
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Comprehensive diagnostic audiologic evaluation includes physiologic measures and developmentally appropriate behavioral techniques.

Data related to the provisions of hearing screening and follow-up (e.g., diagnostic and intervention) services are collected annually from jurisdictional Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Programs. These data were first collected by the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies (1999-2004) and are currently collected by the CDC (2005-2006). In 2005, the CDC began working directly with the jurisdictions to acquire annual data through a new survey tool, called the Hearing Screening and Follow-up Survey (HSFS). This survey requested more complete data and included more specific data definitions, which is why some of the rates in 2005 and 2006 are lower and are not comparable with the data reported in previous years.