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What happens if my baby is diagnosed with hearing loss?

The EHDI Program offers information, resources, and consultation for parents with newborns who are deaf or have varying levels of impaired hearing. EHDI staff also will refer your baby Early Steps, an early intervention program. Early Steps offers early intervention services, hearing aids, speech therapy, and other types of support that may benefit infants and toddlers up to age 3.

If your baby has been diagnosed with hearing loss and you would like to speak with another parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, please contact either of our two Parent Advocates: Miranda Nerland at 850-404-3014 and [email protected], or Natasha Rich at 850-558-9651 and [email protected].

If you still have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the EHDI staff.

Division of Children’s Medical Services
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-06
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-1707

Phone: 866-289-2037

Email: [email protected]


Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the