Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

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People who are born deaf process the sense of touch differently than people who are born with normal hearing, according to new research.

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.

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.

As part of the IHEARR Act of 2001 (Act 89), the Infant Hearing Screening Advisory Committee was established to advise and oversee the activities of the Newborn Hearing Screening Program. The committee is made up of 2 physicians, 2 pediatric audiologists, and 2 members of the deaf/hard of hearing community and/or parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Each committee member is appointed by the Secretary of Health and serves a 2 year term.

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 & Voices 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

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