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 Training in March: "Bringing Life to Books to Facilitate Early Language and Literacy Development"

PaTTAN announces new training program: "Bringing Life to Books to Facilitate Early Language and Literacy Development".  This training program will focus on the development and use of experience books to facilitate early language and literacy development of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Evidence based literacy practices and recent research pointing to the benefits of early print exposure  and critical periods effects will be examined.  This training will include video examples and participants will have the opportunity for creative construction of experience books. Dates are March 27 at PaTTAN East, March 28 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and March 30 at PaTTAN Pittsburgh. For more information and to register:  http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/event/event.html?id=1099e3c6-2f90-4ed0-877b-c055dcb6b2c5

Eyes for Early Language Learning: Visual Strategies for Deaf Children

Vision plays an important role in language and literacy skills especially for deaf and hard of hearing children because of reduced access to the auditory environment. Visual attention strategies are essential for getting and maintaining joint communication, social interactions and for making connections to meanings and printed words. Sharing visual strategies used by deaf parents with DHH children may help reduce delays in early language and early literacy. 

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.