August 28, 2013

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maryland. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Hearing Screen Not Mandatory, As Implied

After the birth of her new baby, a Maryland HSLDA member received a rather insistent letter from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: “We are contacting you because our program is required by law to ensure that all infants receive a newborn hearing screen and are referred for all appropriate follow-up care.”

After the new mom brought this letter to our attention, HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff checked the Maryland statutes and found no law mandating that parents participate in a hearing screening. Woodruff followed up with the author of the letter. She promptly acknowledged that the program is voluntary.

Getting your baby’s hearing checked within the first six months is an excellent idea. However, this is within the parents’ discretion, and not subject to a state mandate.

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