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    Newborn Screening Unit
    Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI)
    PO Box 149347, MC-1918
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347


    Fax: 512-776-7125
    Toll-free: 800-252-8023, ext. 7726

    tehdi@dshs.texas.gov


About Us

The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) program is dedicated to ensuring that deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) newborns and young children are identified early and receive intervention services.

National standards call for hearing screening no later than one month of age, diagnosis no later than three months of age for infants not passing the screening, and enrollment in intervention no later than six months of age for children identified as D/HH. This is known as the 1-3-6 Plan. When left undetected, hearing loss can   delay speech, language, social, and emotional development in children  

TEHDI Program’s Role in Hearing Screening

  • Provides a system and technical assistance to licensed birth facilities and other hearing services providers under the statute.
  • Hosts a web-based system for reporting and tracking newborn hearing information known as the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention management information system (TEHDI MIS).
  • Certifies birth facilities and monitors certification standards for newborn hearing screening programs.
  • Ensures that newborns who are diagnosed as Deaf or hard of hearing receive follow-up and intervention services.

Legislative Information

The TEHDI Program was established in 1999 through the passage of House Bill 714 and was implemented in Texas birth facilities with the Department of State Health Services as the oversight agency. 

Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 47 ensures all babies born in Texas receive a hearing screening, proper intervention, and referrals to services if suspected or diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing. 

 Texas Administrative Code provides the rules followed by DSHS to implement the newborn hearing screening program. 

   

Last updated May 6, 2022