Legislative Updates: First Sound

In 2001, legislation was enacted to require hearing screenings for all newborns prior to discharge from any South Carolina hospital averaging 100 deliveries or more per year. Established under this mandate, First Sound is South Carolina's early hearing detection and intervention program. Since the initiation of the program, thousands of infants have been identified with confirmed hearing loss and have received intervention. Currently, all 39 birthing hospitals in South Carolina actively perform hearing screenings on newborns prior to discharge.

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    2024 legislative update : first sound : South Carolina's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program
    (2024-05) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    First Sound is South Carolina’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program mandated by legislation since 2001 for all hospitals with an annual average of 100 or more births. Currently, all 39 birthing hospitals in South Carolina actively perform hearing screenings on newborns prior to discharge.
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    Communiucation Begins at Birth
    (South Carolina State Library, 2022-11) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. First Sound Program; BabyNet; Beginnings SC; South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind Statewide Early Intervention Services
    This brochure contains common questions parents may have after their infant fails a hospital hearing screening, next steps, and other resources.
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    2023 legislative update : first sound : South Carolina's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program
    (2023-07) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    First Sound is South Carolina’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program mandated by legislation since 2001 for all hospitals with an annual average of 100 or more births. Currently, all 39 birthing hospitals in South Carolina actively perform hearing screenings on newborns prior to discharge.
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    2019 legislative update : first sound : South Carolina’s success in newborn hearing screening
    (2020-03) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    First Sound is South Carolina’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program mandated by legislation since 2001 for all hospitals with an annual average of 100 or more births. Currently, all 39 birthing hospitals in South Carolina actively perform hearing screenings on newborns prior to discharge.
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    2022 legislative update : first sound : South Carolina's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program
    (South Carolina State Library, 2022-08) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    First Sound is South Carolina’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program mandated by legislation since 2001 for all hospitals with an annual average of 100 or more births. Currently all 39 birthing hospitals in South Carolina actively perform hearing screenings on newborns prior to discharge.