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newborn screening
all about hearing loss
hearing aid choices
cochlear implants
causes of hearing loss
glossary


 
hearing and amplification
  baby wrapped in blanketMost babies with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids and other amplification devices. It may be hard to imagine how a little baby can be fit with a hearing aid. Many audiologists specialize in working with young children. These specialists will be able to help you. There are many new technologies available today and it can be hard to sort through these choices. The following section includes important background information on hearing screening, hearing loss and causes of hearing loss. A section on amplification (hearing aids and cochlear implants) will inform you about issues to consider with babies and young children.

Newborn Hearing Screening
Perhaps your baby's hearing was screened soon after birth at the hospital. You may be wondering about the tests and what the results mean for your family. This section answers several questions family members often ask about hearing screening.

All About Hearing Loss
This section includes information on the ear, how it works, and types of hearing loss. We will describe the various tests that are used to measure hearing in infants and young children. You will have an opportunity to hear what various hearing losses sound like.

Hearing Aid Choices
If you search the internet, you will find that there are many different types and styles of hearing aids. This section describes various types of hearing aids and how they work. It includes information on how hearing aids are fit on babies. A useful feature is the inclusion of practical tips, like how to check your baby's hearing aid and how to keep the hearing aid on your infant.

Cochlear Implants
Cochlear implants are hearing devices designed for children with severe and profound hearing loss. These devices involve surgery. This section includes information on the surgery, implant devices and what to expect from them. Techniques and resources for helping your baby learn to listen are also described.

Causes of Hearing Loss
Many parents wonder what caused their baby's hearing loss. Sometimes hearing loss is inherited (genetic). There can be other medical causes for a hearing loss. This section provides information on possible causes of hearing loss in infants.

Glossary
This section includes many of the terms that relate to hearing, causes of hearing loss and hearing devices. These terms are defined and explained.