At the 2017 National EHDI meeting, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) announced a new resource for parents of children with hearing loss and professionals who care for these children. The new resource is "Hear to Learn" and can be accessed at http://heartolearn.org/
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.
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.
Language and communication competence appears to be deeply connected to behavior issues. Intervention at an early age can increase language and communication competence to positively impact behavior.
University of Missouri research shows that infant vocalizations are primarily motivated by infants' ability to hear their own babbling. Additionally, infants with profound hearing loss who received cochlear implants soon reached the vocalization levels of their peers, putting them on track for language development.
Early intervention by 6 months of age makes a difference in language acquisition of young deaf children. This article describes what we know and don't know about the impact of early intervention and the implications for policy and practice.
A new "teletherapy" program is being used in Northern California to teach children under the age of 3 how to use their newly implanted cochlear devices to learn how to listen and speak.
The Bureau of Early Intervention Services in Pennsylvania has released a new guidance for infant/toddler and preschool Early Intervention programs effective August 1, 2013.
Physicians at University of North Carolina successfully placed a brain stem implant in a child born without a cochlear nerve so the child's cochlear implant could connect with the hearing center of the child's brain.
(April 13, 2013) The Pennsylvania Department of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Program and the Infant Hearing Screening Advisory Committee have updated the Newborn Hearing Screening Program Guidelines. Click HERE to view the updated guidelines.
A new research study has found that the tiny hair cells in the inner ear, known to play a critical part in hearing, move in additional and more complex ways than previously understood. These findings have implications for ways to improve some types of hearing loss.
The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) now offers an updated Interactive Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum as an online educational module for those who perform newborn hearing screenings.
People who are born deaf process the sense of touch differently than people who are born with normal hearing, according to new research.
Children exposed to HIV in the womb may be more likely to experience hearing loss by age 16 than are their unexposed peers, according to scientists in a National Institutes of Health network.
A tiny prototype microphone is being developed that would allow cochlear implant users to have the microphone surgically implanted in the middle ear instead of being worn on the outside the head.