Laws and Administrative Rules

Due to the serious ramifications of undetected hearing loss, Iowa legislature passed a law (Iowa Code section 135.131) which requires universal hearing screening of all newborns and infants in Iowa. It further provides that any birthing facility, including Area Education Agencies (AEAs), as well as providers, such as physicians, audiologists or other health care professionals are legally required to report the results of a hearing screen, re-screen or diagnostic assessment for any child under three years of age to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Read below to learn more about your role in the law and the administrative structure required for this program to work within your facility.

Understanding your part in this mission is incredibly important to detecting hearing loss and connecting children and their families to early intervention services in Iowa.