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

Study of Cognitive Development in Deaf Children Revisits Longstanding Debate

With the advent of newborn hearing screening and improved technologies, such as cochlear implants, more and more deaf children are relying on spoken language from an early age. There is variablility in spoken language outcomes and some believe this is evidence that excluding sign language from an early age may be a risky approach. Researchers at University of Connecticut and Gallaudet University will be conducting studies to determine an answer to these issues.

Minnesota Doctor Uncovers Potential Cause of Deafness in Preemies

Doctors have struggled to prevent hearing loss that is common in premature infants and efforts have been made to reduce noise from loud, hissing ventilators by making quieter motors and having infants wear ear muffs. Doctors in Minnesota have focused on the ventilator tubing in an infant's mouth and the vibrations in the skull created by the tubing. The decibel reading from the tubing was very high.

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.