Newborn hearing screening is extremely important as it helps to determine whether infants have hearing loss. Language, the foundation for all learning, develops very quickly early in life and is greatly dependent on being able to hear speech and language models. If newborns have hearing loss and are diagnosed early, effective intervention is available to help them achieve typical speech, language, and hearing milestones. Services to minimize delays in development should begin by the time they reach six months of age.
Universal newborn hearing screening is mandated by Guam Public Law 27-150, “Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Act,” which was passed into law in December 2004. This website is designed to provide information for families and professionals about the Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project which facilitated newborn and infant hearing screening and the importance of follow-up screening, evaluation, and the early intervention services.