• Children in DHH program

    The Referral Process

    Most of the children in our program are referred via the Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

    1) Babies are screened at birth.  Infants who receive a "refer" in either one or both ears after the hospital screening​ are referred for additional testing after discharge.The Hearing Coordination Center tracks babies who are referred.
    2) Babies are referred for more hearing tests at an audiologist's clinic.
    3) If the baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss, a referral is sent to the California Department of Education who then contacts the appropriate Early Start Program (by County or Region).
    4) In Sonoma County, the DHH Infant Service Coordinator receives the referral and contacts the family to describe the program and offer services.

    What to do if a child over 3 years of age has a diagnosed hearing loss:

    The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) administers an Itinerant DHH Program for deaf and hard of hearing students 3 through 22 years of age who are in other educational programs throughout Sonoma County. For more information visit

    Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) has a Regional Special Day Class (SDC) for DHH Preschool and Elementary Students. If you think your child may be eligible, please contact the DHH Program Manager at SRCS, Janel Plack, at 707-890-3800 x80889.

    For detailed information regarding the different types and degrees of hearing loss that should lead to audiologist referrals (as recommended by the California Department of Education and the Department of Health Care Services), consult the Early Start Referral Guidelines for Audiologists.