Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program

Information for Parents & Guardians

Permanent hearing loss is one of the most common conditions in newborns. Without screening, it can be hard to tell if a baby has hearing loss. Even though a baby may respond to sounds, they may not hear well enough to develop speech and language.

Over half of all babies identified with permanent hearing loss are healthy and have no family history. The earlier hearing loss is found, the sooner a baby will have support to help them develop language to prevent delays in their development.

Hearing screening is quick, safe and effective and can be done right after birth.

About Alberta’s EHDI Program

AHS supports the healthy development of babies by identifying permanent hearing loss early on. Alberta’s EHDI Program coordinates hearing screening, diagnostic and intervention services for Alberta newborns.

For more information on the EHDI Program visit the program’s service listing EHDI Program

As of October 2018, newborn hearing screening through the EHDI Program is available across the province. Screening is offered in hospital to inpatients on all NICUs and many postpartum units (at most hospitals with over 200 births per year), or by appointment at select community

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Newborn Hearing Screening to find out the answers to the following questions at

  • Why should my baby's hearing be checked (screened)?
  • When should I have my baby screened for hearing loss?
  • How is hearing screening done?
  • Does hearing screening hurt?
  • Do I have to have my baby’s hearing screened?
  • When will I get the results of the hearing screening?
  • What does a pass result mean?
  • What does a refer result mean?
  • Why don’t some babies pass hearing screening?
  • My baby did not pass the hearing screening – what happens next?
  • Why is it important to take my baby for a diagnostic ABR?
  • What happens at the diagnostic ABR appointment?
  • When should my baby have a diagnostic ABR?
  • Why can’t a diagnostic ABR be done right after hearing screening?
  • What can I do to help prepare my baby for a diagnostic ABR?
  • What will happen after the diagnostic ABR?