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Hearing Targeted Early CMV Screening


Hearing targeted early cytomegalovirus (HT-CMV) screening is an approach to determine whether CMV is the cause of a child's hearing loss. In July 2013, Utah became the first state to implement this screening approach in the United States. A cytomegalovirus (CMV) PCR or culture is performed whenever an infant fails his/her newborn hearing screen before 3 weeks of age.

If the testing for CMV is positive and if the child is later found to have hearing loss, this approach establishes a diagnosis for the hearing loss and avoids future uncertainty or other unnecessary testing (for example, genetic). A definitive diagnosis of CMV may provide the family an opportunity for antiviral therapy and focused surveillance hearing testing since these children are typically at-risk for further hearing loss.

Since the Utah mandate has been enacted, several other states or hospitals have considered or adopted most or portions of this approach. The following is a list of birth hospitals that are currently providing screening.


Kaiser Permanente: San Francisco
Kaiser Permanente: Oakland
Kaiser Permanente: San Leandro
Kaiser Permanente: Roseville
UCSD Hospital
UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital
University of Colorado Hospital Birth Center
Birth & Beyond (home birth practice)
Bridgeport Hospital
Yale New Haven Children's at Bridgeport Campus (NICU)
Bristol Hospital
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center: Hartford (NICU)
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at UConn Health Center (NICU)
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Connecticut Childbirth and Women's Center (birthing center)
Danbury Hospital
Day Kimball Hospital
Greenwich Hospital
Griffin Hospital
Hartford Hospital
Johnson Memorial Hospital
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Manchester Memorial Hospital
Middlesex Hospital
Midstate Medical Center
Norwalk Hospital
Sharon Hospital
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
St. Mary's Hospital
St. Vincent's Medical Center
Stamford Hospital
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
UConn Health Center: John Dempsey Hospital
Waterbury Hospital
William W. Backus Hospital
Windham Community Memorial Hospital
Yale New Haven Hospital
Yale New Haven Hospital: Saint Raphael Campus
Kaiser Permanente: Moanalua, Honolulu
Beth Israel Deaconess
Boston Children’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital

Fairview: Minneapolis
Fairview/Ridges Hospital: Burnsville
Fairview/Southdale Hospital: Edna
University of Minnesota Medical Center/Fairview: Minneapolis
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital
Children’s Health: Dallas
William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital: Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital: Dallas
Parkland Hospital
Alta View Hospital
American Fork Hospital
Ashley Regional Medical Center
Bear River Valley Hospital
Beaver Valley Hospital
Blue Mountain Hospital
Brigham City Community Hospital
Cache Valley Specialty Hospital
Castleview Hospital
Cedar City Hospital
Central Valley Medical Center
Davis Hospital and Medical Center
Delta Community Medical Center
Dixie Regional
Fillmore Community Medical Center
Garfield Memorial Hospital
Gunnison Valley Hospital
Heber Valley Medical Center
Intermountain Medical Center
Jordan Valley Medical Center
Jordan Valley West Medical Center
Kane County Hospital
Lakeview Hospital
LDS Hospital
Logan Regional Hospital
McKay-Dee Hospital Center
Mountain Point Medical Center
Mountain View Hospital
Mountain West Medical Center
Ogden Regional Medical Center
Orem Community Hospital
Park City Medical Center
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
San Juan Regional Medical Center
Sanpete Valley Hospital
Sevier Valley Medical Center
St. Mark's Hospital
Timpanagos Regional Hospital
Uintah Basin Medical Center
University of Utah
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre

Cameron - Arizona

The doctors knew Cameron's problem was viral, but they couldn't pinpoint the virus. Finally, after about 2 days, my placenta lab test came back and it was infected with CMV. I was so relieved that Cameron was going to survive, but I was not ready for the next bombshell. The NICU doctor told us that as a result of is brain damage, Cameron would not be able to “walk, talk or learn."

— Julie, Mother