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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