Families

Your baby has a diagnosed hearing loss

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Next Steps for Parents

Parents have many questions when they first learn that their child has a hearing loss. Talk to you child's audiologist, your child's doctor and other parents who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Taking the First Steps

If you have not already done so with the help of your child's audiologist or doctor, sign up your child for Early Intervention by calling the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288.

Many parents have questions on Early Intervention including what is Early Intervention, how can Early Intervention help my child and how does my child receive Early Intervention. Find out more by clicking "Early Intervention" and by opening the Early Intervention folder in the Resource Center.

Finding Parent Support

Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania is a great organization for parents of infants and toddlers newly identified as deaf or hard of hearing and links them with trained Parent Guides who are also parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Go to "Parent Support" in the Resource Center to learn about additional ways you can find parent support.

Learning More

The Resource Center has information you can use that may answer some of your questions. In the Resource Center, start with Hearing Loss Info (a good website is "My Baby's Hearing") and Organizations to learn about hearing loss and the many organizations that support families and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. To learn how to start communicating with your baby, <click here>.

Need some help understanding the medical and audiology terms and vocabulary that health professionals use to describe your child's hearing loss, communication methods, assistive hearing devices, etc.? Here is a Glossary to explain these terms and make it easier to communicate with the health professionals caring for your child.

The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) helps families by ensuring that newborns receive a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age and providing education and support. PA DOH also works to ensure that babies who do not pass their hearing screen receive a diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age and that babies who are diagnosed with a hearing loss are enrolled in Early Intervention no later than 6 months of age.

Find out more about the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

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