Information for Health Professionals
Permanent congenital hearing loss (PCHL) is one of the most common conditions present in newborns. About two to three of every 1000 babies born will have PCHL. Based on 2015 birth numbers, this means about 115 and 170 babies are born in Alberta each year with permanent hearing loss.
Without screening, there are no obvious signs early on to tell if an infant has hearing loss. Over half of all infants identified with PCHL are healthy and have no family history of hearing loss.
The purpose of Alberta’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program is to identify PCHL as early as possible and provide timely intervention to optimize language, development and overall health outcomes.
The EHDI Program goals (1-3-6) are to:
Alberta’s EHDI Program is a provincial population-based screening program administered through AHS in partnership with Alberta Health and other key stakeholders.