Examining Infant Hearing Healthcare in Canada

Early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs are available worldwide to proactively address hearing health in infants and children. A report card issued in 2014 from the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force indicated that comprehensive EHDI programs were not available across Canada. Five years later, we were interested to see how things have changed. We will describe a status update of EHDI programs in Canada gathered through a 24-item country-wide survey. Results from this work revealed that, as a whole, Canada remains insufficient in offering comprehensive, accessible, and sustainable EHDI programs. Continued action from Canada’s governments in addition to federal policy leadership is needed to achieve sufficient and sustainable EHDI programs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the components of a comprehensive EHDI program.
  2. Explain the status of EHDI programs across Canada.