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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

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((( About the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

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The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM - pronounced "en-cham") is located at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The mission of NCHAM is to ensure that all infants and young children with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention. NCHAM's research, training, and technical assistance contribute to its mission by working to achieve the following objectives:

  • Every child born receives a hearing screening before 1 month of age, those who do not pass the newborn hearing screen receive an audiological evaluation before 3 months of age, and those with permanent hearing loss receive appropriate intervention services before 6 months of age.
  • All families of infants identified with a permanent hearing loss receive culturally competent support and information and are linked to a family-centered medical home.
  • All young children receive periodic hearing screening and appropriate follow-up.
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs are:
    1. Linked to other public health information systems.
    2. Using quality improvement (QI) to enhance services.
    3. Disseminating appropriate and timely information to families, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders.

NCHAM receives funding from multiple sources to conduct research, training, and technical assistance projects to support and improve newborn and early childhood hearing screening, diagnosis, and early intervention. NCHAM’s largest project is serving as the National Technical Resource Center (NTRC) [PDF] for all EHDI programs in the United States. The NTRC is funded as a cooperative agreement (U52MC04391) with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. NCHAM staff are responsible for the views and content of materials they develop or disseminate and no endorsement by MCHB/HRSA is implied or expressed.