Families

Families

Information for families on newborn hearing screening and caring for babies and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Information for families
Physicians

Physicians

Information on newborn hearing screening and follow-up of patients with potential or diagnosed hearing loss.

Information for physicians
Audiologists

Audiologists

Information on caring for patients with potential or diagnosed hearing loss, parent support, and reporting to the PA Dept. of Health.

Information for audiologists
Birth Facilities

Birth Facilities

Information on newborn hearing screening, parent education, and reporting to the PA Dept. of Health.

Information for birth facilities

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.