Audiologists determine whether a child has a hearing loss using a diagnostic audiologic evaluation. Babies that do not pass their newborn hearing screening should have this evaluation no later than 3 months of age. Habilitation, including fitting amplification, and initiation of Early Intervention services should occur no later than 6 months of age.
The Newborn Hearing Screening Guidelines outline the steps involved in a diagnostic audiologic evaluation on pages 7 and 8.
Audiologists should submit the PA Department of Health form "Diagnostic Evaluation Reporting Form" for all babies and children seen for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation.
Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania (GBYS) is a support program for families of infants and toddlers who are diagnosed with a hearing loss. GBYS gives families, who recently learned their child is deaf or hard of hearing, an opportunity to talk and meet face-to-face with a Parent Guide, a trained and experienced parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. The program is available to all Pennsylvania families with children up to age 3 at no cost. Read full details about Hands & Voice Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania provides support to families of children with special health care needs, including children with hearing loss, by linking them to a parent who has a child with the same special health care need. Learn more at the Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania website.