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James T. Walsh


Day in a Life
Hancock Field
Irish Affairs
Onondaga Lake
The Collection
SBU Archives


Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening


One issue that Walsh worked on throughout his time in Congress was on newborn and infant hearing screening. This was an issue he tackled from 1991 to 2008. The bills that he sponsored on this issue dealt making screening of newborns and infants for hearing loss universal in the country and providing funding to aid this process. A couple of the bills he introduced were the Hearing Loss Testing Act of 1991 and the Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 1999.

Walsh repeatedly introduced bills in the House of Representatives. They all focused on requiring screening and appropriating money for screening. Many of the bills ended up stalled in committees or incorporated into other pieces of legislation. Regardless, Walsh worked year after year to help make widespread infant hearing screening a reality. His work, especially on the Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 1999, led to states adopting measures for requiring newborn hearing loss screening.

The Walsh collection contains 3 cubic feet of material located in Series 7. Material included in this portion of the collection are bill summaries, letters to and from co-sponsors, constituents and other interested parties, background information on the topic, and items and information presented at conferences and congressional hearings.