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Hearing Loss Info

My Baby’s Hearing

Great website! Information for parents on newborn hearing screening, diagnosis of hearing loss and early intervention. Includes resources for professionals who support children with hearing loss. Information is also in Spanish.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources

This is an online bulletin board of resources created by parents for families in PA of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with hearing concerns and for professionals who work with them. You can suggest additional resources by double clicking on a blank spot of the bulletin board and creating a resource suggestion that will be reviewed and approved.

Getting Started

A booklet with valuable information and resources for parents of a child with a newly diagnosed hearing loss from the PA Bureau of Early Intervention.

Hear & Now

This is a wonderful website for families of children who are deaf or hard or hearing that provides information (much of it is interactive!) and resources in a question and answer format.

A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss

A great website for parents, especially parents who have just learned their child has a hearing loss. Information on hearing loss, how the ear functions, intervention options, building languages, communication options, and family decision-making.

Questions to ask your child’s audiologist, medical professional, genetics team and Early Intervention specialist

A series of brochures with questions to ask your child’s audiologist, ENT (ear, nose & throat) doctor, genetics team, Early Intervention specialist, speech language pathologist and other professionals.

Type, Degree and Configuration of Hearing Loss

Overview information on the types, degrees and configuration of hearing loss from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

Information on Speech and Language Developmental Milestones from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

How to Read an Audiogram

Information on how to read an audiogram. Be sure to click “sample audiogram” and “ranges of hearing loss”.

Hearing, Ear Infections and Deafness (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD))

A good website for information on hearing loss, deafness and ear infections including links and other resources for related information.

Language and Learning for Children with Hearing Loss

A great website for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with hearing loss. Information on what you need to know and think about as you help your child learn and grow.

Diagnostic Audiology

Information on appropriate timeframes for screening and diagnostic evaluation as well as the key components in a diagnostic audiological evaluation of infants and children.

A Parent’s Guide to Genetics and Hearing Loss – English and Spanish versions

A brochure for parents explaining why it is important to have genetic testing for children with hearing loss. About 50% of hearing loss in children has a genetic basis. Even children whose families do not have any history of hearing loss can have a genetic-based hearing loss. <English version>  <Spanish version>

Recognizing the Signs of Late Onset Hearing Loss in Infants and Young Children

Information on the prevalence of childhood hearing loss, whether newborn hearing screening can miss hearing loss present at birth, common causes of late-onset hearing loss, and the main risk factors associated with late-onset hearing loss.

How can I help my baby adjust to wearing hearing aids?

Information for parents and families to help their baby adjust to wearing hearing aids.

101 Ideas for Families with Infants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: An Approach to Listening and Spoken Language

This booklet from the Clarke Schools has tips and ideas for families who are choosing to use listening and spoken language with their deaf/hard of hearing child. It is especially useful for families whose child has been recently diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing.

Find a Speech Language Pathologist

Find a speech language pathologist in your area using the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) ProFind  or call ASHA at 1-800-638-8255.

How does the ear work? Listen to this video for the answer

Here is a great video that shows how hearing works. Auditory Transduction

Simulations of hearing loss

Here is a list of links to different hearing loss simulations including mild hearing loss and hearing with a cochlear implant Hearing Loss Simulations

Hearing Aid Listening Check

Here is information on what a hearing aid check is, why to do a hearing aid check and how to do a hearing aid check: English version  Spanish version