Do you have a child of any age with a hearing loss?
Have you just found out your child has a hearing loss?
If you have a newborn, have they been screened for hearing loss?
HLAA is here for parents. We have created a Parents Section just for you. The goal is to give you information and resources to help you make informed decisions about your child’s hearing loss. The choices are yours to make for your children, but gather all the information on possible options.
We also have a discussion site where you can post messages or questions. You are not alone, there are many parents like yourself looking for solid information and support.
View the Education pages under the Advocacy section for other useful information.
Children and Hearing Loss
- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the process of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge, whereby infants not passing the screening receive appropriate diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age.
- Hearing screening is a test to tell if a child might have hearing loss. Hearing screening is easy and is not painful. In fact, babies are often asleep while being screened. It takes a very short time — usually only a few minutes.
- The earlier a hearing loss is detected in infants the better the outcome for language and speech development.
- In children, hearing loss can be confused with a learning disability when, in fact, the child might not be hearing clearly what the teacher is saying.
- Even a mild hearing loss or a one-sided hearing loss can affect school work. Research has shown that on average, children with mild hearing loss perform poorer than their normally-hearing peers and may need to repeat a grade.
- More than ever, young people are at risk for hearing loss because of repeated exposure to loud sounds from musical instruments, MP3 and iPod players and any personal listening device inserted in the ear. Any sort of sound can cause a permanent hearing loss if it is loud enough and lasts long enough.
Protecting Kids’ Hearing: Why it Matters
Get your children involved in their own hearing health. For more resources, go to:
- It’s a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing, NIDCD, National Institutes of Health
- Listen to Your Buds , American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Turn it to the Left, American Academy of Audiology