Newborn hearing screening


June is National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
For most people, CMV infection is not a serious health problem. However, some groups are at high risk of serious complications from CMV infection, including people with compromised immune systems, very low birth weight and premature infants, and babies born with CMV infection (congenital CMV). Learn more about CMV at

Update on the Request for Rulemaking
There will be a stakeholder meeting on Friday, June 28th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South 
Bldg A, Carson Room
Denver, CO 80246
Please sign in at the front desk of Building A when you arrive. If you wish to participate but are unable to attend in-person, the call-in information is as follows:
Conference Line: 720-279-0026 or 1-877-820-7831
Participant Code: # 917391
Please see the links below for the meeting agenda and the full text of the rulemaking for newborn hearing screening, updated based on the most recent stakeholder feedback. 
There will be no further written comments accepted on the draft at this time. The stakeholder meeting is intended for informational purposes only and to clarify decisions on feedback on the rulemaking.  
The newborn hearing screening program believes that the rulemaking is ready to go before the Board of Health on July 17, 2019. However, if stakeholders are uncomfortable with submitting the rulemaking after the stakeholder meeting on Friday, June 28th, we can delay submitting the request for rulemaking, at stakeholder request, until September of 2019.
Congenital CMV and Hearing Loss
We require hospitals in Colorado to screen newborns for hearing loss. If your newborn hasn't been screened, find out where you can take your baby by calling us:Newborn Screening Hearing test Colorado department of Health and environment


Colorado Families for Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The organization provides families with the resources, networks  information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.
About hearing screening
  • Newborn Screening Program brochure | In Spanish.
  • Midwives and birthing centers are also required to either screen babies for hearing loss or provide information to parents on where to obtain an infant hearing screen.
  • Screenings may be done at participating locations in your area. Providers may include:
    • Midwives.
    • Hospitals.
    • School districts.
  • Private insurance and Medicaid often cover the newborn hearing screening.
    • If you have insurance, check with your carrier to learn about what the cost may be to have your baby’s hearing screened.
Current Cytomegalovirus (CMV) information
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy is spread through:
  • Person-to-person contact (such as kissing, sexual contact, and getting saliva or urine on your hands and then touching your eyes or the inside of your nose or mouth).
  • Breast milk of an infected woman who is breastfeeding.
  • Infected pregnant women passing the virus to their unborn babies.  
  • Blood transfusions and organ transplants.
Cytomegalovirus resources

Provider resources


Newborn Hearing Screening Program Colorado, Newborn Hearing Screening Program Colorado