Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

 

On April 2, 2019, the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF) released their 2019 Report Card on the status of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs in Canada at a press conference on Parliament Hill.

The 2019 EHDI Report Card exposes an alarming disparity in the hearing health services available to infants and children in Canada. This report card also reveals that little has changed since the CIHTF’s 2014 EHDI Report Card, with Canada once again receiving an overall grade of “insufficient."

 

April 2 Press Conference on Parliament Hill

 

To read the 2019 EHDI Report Card, please click on the images below.

 

Provincial and Territorial Results

While the CIHTF is pleased to report that Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Yukon have improved from insufficient in 2014 to a sufficient grade in 2019, they are disappointed to report that more than half of the provinces and territories in Canada have received an insufficient grade. In the case of two provinces (New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island), their overall grade fell from sufficient in 2014 to insufficient in 2019.

For more information about the grades and recommendations for each province and territory, please see the individual provincial and territorial report cards below.

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New-Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

   

About the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force

The Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF), a collaboration between Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA), is a national group of leaders in hearing health who promote and advocate for comprehensive early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs across Canada. 

For more information about the group's previous advocacy resources, please click here.

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