Families

Families

Information for families on newborn hearing screening and caring for babies and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Information for families
Physicians

Physicians

Information on newborn hearing screening and follow-up of patients with potential or diagnosed hearing loss.

Information for physicians
Audiologists

Audiologists

Information on caring for patients with potential or diagnosed hearing loss, parent support, and reporting to the PA Dept. of Health.

Information for audiologists
Birth Facilities

Birth Facilities

Information on newborn hearing screening, parent education, and reporting to the PA Dept. of Health.

Information for birth facilities

PaTTAN Workshop in June on "Early Language by Eye or by Ear" for parents & professionals

 

Registration is now open for the PaTTAN workshop, “Early Language Learning by Eye or by Ear”, which will be held at three locations: June 13 in King of Prussia, June 14 in Harrisburg and June 16 in Pittsburgh. Parents of young children with hearing loss and professionals are invited!

This workshop focuses on early language development, emphasizing research demonstrating that children are equally equipped to acquire signed language or spoken language (through their eyes or through their ears). Throughout the workshop we will reinforce lecture material with hands-on analysis and discussion of ASL and English produced by young children.

 

Registration and additional informationhttp://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/event/event.html?id=9a52ba68-f32b-4824-9ab8-a356ff1f8976

Let's Talk Webinar/Teleconference on June 16 "It's More Than the Screen: The Role of the Pediatrician in Ensuring Early Detection of Hearing Loss in Children"

Universal newborn hearing screening is now standard practice across Pennsylvania and has resulted in earlier diagnosis and treatment for many babies. Despite this success, there are numerous unresolved issues that can impact timely care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Pediatricians must be especially sensitive to two of these issues: 1) nationally 30% of babies who do not pass their newborn screen are lost to follow up and 2) newborn screening will not pick up many cases of mild hearing loss or children with progressive or late-onset hearing loss. This webinar/teleconference for PA pediatricians and their office staff will highlight why pediatricians must be acutely aware of these issues, assure prompt follow up of babies not passing their newborn screen, and continue to serve as a resource to families if hearing loss is diagnosed. In addition, the need to identify risk factors that may increase a child’s chances of developing later onset hearing difficulties will be emphasized. To register, email to .

Auditory brainstem implant for children born without hearing nerve

A team of researchers have developed and successfully implanted an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in 4 children who could not previously hear because they did not have an auditory nerve. The ABI is considered revolutionary because it stimulates neurons at the brainstem directly and completely bypasses the inner ear.