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Pediatric Hearing Loss Resources More help for parents of children with hearing loss

Facts & Resources for Hearing Loss

Here is some more information about pediatric hearing loss. Did you know that:

  • Hearing loss is the most common congenital anomaly found in newborns
  • Approximately three out of every 1000 babies are born with a significant hearing loss, and many more children are born with milder forms of hearing loss.
  • Any degree of hearing loss can be educationally handicapping for children. Even children with mild to moderate hearing losses can miss up to 50% of classroom discussions. Unmanaged hearing loss in children can affect their speech and language development, academic capabilities and educational development, and self-image and social/emotional development.
  • Recent NIH studies have shown that children with hearing loss who are identified and receive early intervention prior to six months of age develop significantly better language ability than children identified after six months.

Here are some additional resources for parents:
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
John Tracy Clinic Parent and Child Services
Definition of oral deaf education and resources
The Listening Room – free activities and resources to support the development of speech, language and listening skills in children, adolescents and adults with a hearing loss.
Definition of types and degrees of hearing loss
BOYS TOWN national research hospital