Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
As of June 2003, all Vermont birthing hospitals have been offering and/or providing hearing screenings for newborns admitted to their facility. In addition to the screening results, hospitals provide the VTEHDI Program with high-risk factor information on each baby in relation to hearing loss later in infancy.
The VTEHDI Program employs a full-time audiologist to coordinate this program. The audiologist ensures that all babies born in Vermont receive a hearing screening prior to hospital discharge, or as soon as possible as an outpatient.
Recommendations for additional follow-up are provided by the coordinator, as well as tracking babies who need additional testing. Tracking continues for babies who are diagnosed with hearing impairment until the family is enrolled in a treatment program.
The program provides hearing screenings for newborns and infants state-wide.
Testing is done by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certified Audiologists, using a simple and painless test that takes only a few minutes to complete.
VTEHDI clinics are sponsored by Vermont hospitals, the Vermont Department of Health, and other community agencies.
Clinic days, times, and frequency vary by location. Call 1-800-537-0076 (VTTY) or 802-863-7326 for more information or to schedule an appointment.