A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Hearing Loss

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A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Hearing Loss

Additional Resources: 1. http://www.hearinglikeme.com/facts/stepping-stones/keeping-eye-baby2. http://www.babyhearing.org/Parent2Parent/index.asp3. http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/baby_screening.aspx4. http://www.ehdipals.org/ParentResources/EP_Tips_Parents.aspx

Educational Options for Your Child:- Early Intervention/Preschool Programs- Residential Schools for the Deaf- Oral Day School/ Sign Day School - Mainstreaming and Inclusion- Homeschooling Click here for more information about these education options.

The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

"1 to 3 of every 1,000 babies are born with some degree of hearing loss. Without newborn hearing screening, it is difficult to detect hearing loss in the first months and years of your baby's life" (AAP). Screening Protocol includes:-OAE (Otoacoustic Emissions) -ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response) Your child can either pass or fail the hearing screening. If your baby does not pass the initial screening, a full hearing test must be performed to find out if there is a hearing loss. Even if your baby passed, it is important to check hearing on a regular basis since some types of hearing loss can appear later in life.

How do I know if my child can hear me?

A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Hearing Loss

"The sooner you start, the farther they get." - Early Intervention Mantra

Components of an Audiological EvaluationCase HistoryTest Battery: Pure tone testing Speech testing Otoacoustic Emissions Auditory Brainstem ResponseTympanometry

Stages of Auditory Development

Stage 1- Maturation of Sound Coding (Birth to 6 months)

Stage 3- Maturation of Perceptual Flexibility (6 years to adolescence)

Stage 2- Maturation of Selective Listening and Discovering New Details in Sound (6 months to 5 years)

National Pediatric Recommendations for your newborn: Within the first month your child should have a hearing screenng performed. By 3 months the full hearing test should be completed. If a hearing loss is detected, early intervention should begin by the time your child is 6 months old.

Why are early identification and early intervention important for your child?The first three years of your child's life are the critical period for language development. If your child has a hearing loss, even a slight one, his/her speech, language and communication development can be delayed. Early intervention of children with hearing loss is critical to speech and language development. Research has shown that if a child who has been identified with hearing loss begins services prior to 6 months, he/she "develops language on par with their hearing peers" (ASHA).

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