|On July 1, 1998, the Utah Legislature passed a bill requiring that all births in hospitals with larger that 100 births/year be screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. The following year on July 1, 1999, all births (including small hospitals, home births and other
non-traditional birthing facilities) were required to have a hearing screen prior to one month of age.
Utah Code — Title 26 — Chapter 10 — Family Health Services
Utah Division of Administrative Rules Home as of March 1, 2005
The only legal exception from these tests, according to Utah Law, are parents who object on the grounds that they are members of a specified, well-recognized religious organization whose teachings are contrary to the tests required by this section.
The Legislature also, as part of that regulation, established an Advisory Committee to oversee newborn hearing screening activities in Utah. The committee meets quarterly and is comprised of various disciplines whose interest would touch on newborn hearing screening. This advisory committee has established “minimal standards” for completing the screening process. These standards are used to judge effectiveness of each of the hospitals. Here are the standards:
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