About The Foundation


The Sleeping Baby Hearing Foundation (SBHF) was established in 2013 to help promote early identification and treatment of hearing loss in newborns and infants worldwide.


At this time, the main work of the Foundation is focused on:

  • Developing Version 2.0 of the Sleeping Baby Hearing Test App
  • Marketing the App to the health care community including family practitioners, pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric and neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, audiologists, and speech and language pathologists
  • Translating the App into multiple foreign languages, beginning with a Spanish language version
  • Updating the original SBHT video
  • Facilitating a scientific study of the App compared to conventional newborn ABR and OAE screening
  • Establishing sponsors and benefactors to help further the work of the Foundation

Board Members

Current members of the Board and consultants are strictly volunteers. Each member is highly qualified to serve on the Board and maintains a keen interest in the early identification and treatment of hearing loss in children.

501 (c)(3) Status

The SBHF was granted 501(c)(3) status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on October 14, 2015 (public charity designation).


  • is a federally registered company
  • has a Tax ID Number
  • is formally incorporated in the State of North Carolina
  • has 501(c)(3) status as a public charity



The Sleeping Baby Hearing Test – Home Hearing Screen (SBHT) is an app that enables mothers to perform a behavioral hearing screen at home to screen their newborns, ages 2 weeks to 6 months, for possible hearing loss. The SBHT app is offered as an adjunct to Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS).... read more

Foundation Board & Consultants

  • Eric M. Kraus, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

    Board Member - President

    Dr. Kraus is an Otologist and practices at The Ear Center of Greensboro, P.A., Greensboro, NC.

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    Rob Peddrick, CHBC, CFP

    Board Member - Treasurer

    Mr. Peddrick is a Partner, Healthcare Division, at the accounting firm Davenport Marvin Joyce & Co, PLLC, Greensboro, NC.

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    Sandy Berman

    Board Member - IT Specialist

    Ms. Berman is an IT expert and worked for IBM in the Research Triangle, Durham, NC.

  • gregg_givens

    Gregg D. Givens, Ph.D.

    Board Member - Audiologist

    Dr. Givens is an Audiologist, Professor, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, East Carolina University, Greensville, NC.

Foundation Board & Consultants

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    Merry Beth Kraus Kowalczyk, MPH

    Board Member - Secretary

    Ms. Kraus is Director, Constituency Section for Health Care Systems at the American Hospital Association, Chicago, IL.

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    Michael E. Glasscock, III, M.D.

    Special Consultant to the Board

    Dr. Glasscock is a renowned Otologist-Neurotologist and Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. He is past president of the American Otologic Society and recipient of that society's distinguished Award of Merit. Dr. Glassock currently resides in Austin, TX.

Foundation Partners - To Be Announced