Facility Certification Requirements

Revised newborn hearing screening rules, Chapter 37 of the Texas Administrative Code §§37.501 through 37.507 (PDF), were published in the Texas Register on May 8, 2015. The rules incorporate legislative revisions from House Bill 411 and Senate Bill 229 (82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011) and Senate Bill 793 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013) which amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 47, Hearing Loss in Newborns.

Baby sleeping during her hearing screening.

The rule revisions clarified and restructured sections to be more user friendly and improve readability. The revised rules were effective May 14, 2015. The newborn hearing screening program protocols and certification (PDF) were effective June 30, 2015. 

Amended Program Certification Protocols Effective July 1

Amended program certification protocols will go into effect July 1, 2019. Several changes were made to the metrics standards measuring performance. The amended protocols will be reviewed at an upcoming teleconference. Birth facilities will be notified when the teleconference will occur. Contact tehdi@dshs.texas.gov with any questions or concerns regarding the pending certification changes. 

Distinguished Facilities - July 2019 Cycle

The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) program recognizes 181 facilities that earned distinguished status as of the July 2019 certification cycle. TEHDI certifies facilities with newborn hearing screening programs in accordance with Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Safety Code certification criteria as well as best practices protocols. This certification helps to ensure quality services to newborns, infants and families.

Twice a year in January and July, TEHDI reviews newborn hearing screening programs that are due a recertification. Approximately 230 facilities currently are eligible for certification in Texas. Eight data metric standards measuring their performance against national standards and state performance averages are used to determine certification outcomes.

There are four levels of certification: Preliminary (a new program), Provisional, Standard and Distinguished. View the list of facilities with distinguished certification (PDF) as of the July 2019 cycle.

For more information about the newborn hearing screening certification process, email tehdi@dshs.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-8023, ext. 7726 (use relay option of your choice to call if needed).

Certification Levels & Distinguished Facilities List

Contact TEHDI

For more information about TEHDI and its newborn hearing screening certification process, email tehdi@dshs.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-8023, ext. 2407. (Use relay option of your choice to call if needed.)

Last updated August 9, 2019