Bureau of Maternal & Child Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


All infants born in birthing hospitals in Illinois


The purpose of the program is to identify infants born with congenital hearing loss and ensure they are provided with amplification devices and therapy by 6 months of age.


IDHS, in collaboration with IDPH and the University of Illinois at Chicago's Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC), conducts this program to implement the Hearing Screening for Newborns Act (410 ILCS 213). Services include training for providers on screening and referral; parent information; diagnostic evaluation; and follow up.

Delivery Method

Newborns are screened before being sent home and the screening results are sent to IDPH. When screening indicates that the infant may not have normal hearing, the infant's parents and physician are notified so that the infant can be referred for diagnostic testing. These testing results are also reported to IDPH. Infants with diagnosed hearing loss are referred to DSCC and the Part C (Early Intervention) program for therapeutic services.

Program Data

Newborn Hearing Screening Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06*
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $165.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00
Number Served 97480 173440 169549 0

Program Effectiveness

Newborn Hearing Screening Program Effectiveness
CY06 Statewide Screening Results Results Percent
Total Screened 113,495 99.00%
Passed 109,215 96.00%
Referred 4,280 4.00%
Other (not screened, deceased) 1,703 1.50%

NOTE: Due to the holidays, not all hospitals have completed their reporting for calendar year 2006. Data is very fluid and changes daily due to new submissions and database clean-up. Total reported to date is 115,198 births in calendar year 2006.