The Colorado Infant Hearing Program:

A Roadmap for Families

This Colorado Roadmap for Families section of the Colorado Families for Hands & Voices web site has been built to augment the printable worksheet that has been developed and customized for each birthing hospital in Colorado.

The Roadmaps were created to serve as a safety net for families to ensure that babies could receive timely screening and follow up care for hearing loss. Families we spoke to were not aware of the "screen by one month, diagnose by three months, and enter intervention before six months of age" guidelines set by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system.  The earlier a baby is diagnosed, the better off he or she is for optimal development.

The Roadmap is our attempt at getting the right information to the right people at just the right time

Each local community in Colorado has a team of people including parents of children with hearing loss and professionals, audiologists, nurses, and more who developed these Roadmaps.  Each Roadmap contains customized information for every region in Colorado.  This worksheet is available at your hospital as well as downloadable on our web site. [ Download your Roadmaps Here ].

Parents will find on the second page of each roadmap a list of audiologists who have the expertise and equipment to assess infants, a regional CoHear who meets with all families with babies from birth to age three with hearing loss, and regional contacts for Hands & Voices, early interventionists, a regional Audiology consultant working for the state EHDI program, and the local Healthcare Program for Children with Special Needs team leader. The Roadmaps are also available in Spanish.

We hope the Roadmaps will:

  • Arm families with the knowledge of “next steps” following a referral on the hearing screen and/or diagnosis of hearing loss;
  • Help families get the support they need well before the one, three and six month EHDI guidelines;
  • Keep babies safe from the risks of unnecessary sedation for diagnostic hearing testing by using natural sleep before three months of age;
  • Encourage an ongoing discussion of hearing screening at birth as well as throughout a child's developing years.

* Graphics for the Roadmap were adapted from original artwork developed by the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Early Head Start Information
Families, is your child
enrolled in Early Head Start?
Next Steps
You are on your way.
We're here to help!
Options and Opportunities
There is a community of people/agencies who are prepared to support you and help you navigate the roadway to success
Test Results
You have a child with hearing loss…What does all this mean?  Find out more
Pediatric Audiologist
What questions should you ask at your evaluation?
The stakes are higher now. Go on to the next sign post.
Your Child's Results:
Understanding the difference between the results of the first screen, and the second screen.
Outpatient Visit
Why be not be certain? Make sure you have your child rescreened if they didn't pass the first screen
Find more details about why your physician needs to be involved in this process
Screening Results
What do the screening results mean? This page will give you definitions and ‘next steps’ for the road ahead.
Home or Hospital Birth
Click to find more details about the first hearing screen in the hospital or where to go to get the first screen if you had a home birth.