Center on Deafness

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Newborn Hearing Program


We hopes this site will provide you with current information about the process of newborn hearing screening and related services in Tennessee.

Are you a parent of a child who is suspected to have or has a hearing loss? Are you a professional who is seeking additional resources related to early hearing identification and intervention? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we hope you will find information on this site that will be of benefit to you.

Newborn Hearing in Tennessee

Permanent hearing loss occurs in approximately two to three babies per 1,000 births. To make sure each baby with hearing loss is identified shortly after birth, Tennessee law requires hospitals to screen all babies before discharge.
The process of newborn hearing screening is called a “process” because the hospital screen is the¬†beginning of a series of events that need to take place if the screening indicates a need for more testing. If a baby passes their newborn hearing screening, consideration should also be given as to how that baby’s hearing will be monitored as he or she grows.
Managing hearing loss in babies and children is a team effort in Tennessee. The Center on Deafness Newborn Hearing Program is proud to be a part of this important team. If you should have questions relating to your child or a child you serve in our state, please feel free to contact someone listed under “Our Team.”

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