The 2020 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) meeting was held in Kansas City, MO, March 8-March 10th. The goal of the annual EHDI Meeting is to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs, and there were several key observations relevant to our CMV community from this year's meeting.
There is still a knowledge deficit related to CMV among health professionals, even within the EHDI community! We had many people stop by our booth who were unaware of cCMV and its consequences. We were very happy to spread the word about this important cause of hearing loss and disabilities, and how it can be prevented.
There are so many good people involved in the EHDI community and great work is happening all over the country. It was wonderful to see so many people from across the nation come together to discuss how they can improve the lives of children with hearing loss in their areas. These people truly care about ensuring the best opportunities are given to all children.
There were seven presentations that discussed CMV, many led by our wonderful parents. The National CMV Foundation had a booth in the exhibit hall and it was well attended! As a major cause of hearing loss, we wanted CMV to have a proportional presence at the EHDI conference and we think this was accomplished!
We look forward to attending next year in Ohio!