First Sound Program
First Sound, South Carolina’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program, functions under a legislative mandate that has been in effect since July 1, 2001. Key team members include South Carolina’s hospitals that birth 100+ babies per year, audiologists and the Department of Health and Environmental Control. First Sound staff receives screening results from each screening hospital and tracks each infant that has been referred from ensuring follow up appointments are made with an audiologist through referring to Babynet, the early intervention program if diagnosed with a confirmed hearing loss. First Sound also tracks infants for three years if they pass their hospital screening but are at high risk for developing a late onset or progressive hearing loss.