NCHAM Announces New Resource at 2017 National EHDI Meeting

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

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.

Behavioral Issues and Hearing Loss: It's Far Reaching Impact

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. 

Infant cooing, babbling linked to hearing ability, researcher finds

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. 

The Earliest Interventions - When Parents Discover They Have a Deaf Child

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.

Therapy via I-Pad aims to help children with cochlear implants

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.

New Early Intervention Announcement on Children with Hearing Loss

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. 

New implant helps child with rare hearing loss

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.  

PA Department of Health releases updated Newborn Hearing Screening Program Guidelines

(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.

New findings on the workings of the inner ear

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. 

NCHAM offers updated training curriculum for newborn hearing screeners

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

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 at increased risk for hearing loss

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.

Device being developed may allow cochlear implant users to have microphone in the ear

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.

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