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ENT-VSL-1.3 Data Details

ENT-VSL-1.3 Increase the proportion of infants with confirmed hearing loss who are enrolled for intervention services no later than age 6 months

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)
50.0 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of newborns with hearing loss who are enrolled in intervention services before age 6 months
Number of infants who have been diagnosed with hearing loss before 6 months of age
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Early intervention services can be public or private and are provided for a child’s hearing loss.

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.