Early Detection is Critical
Undetected hearing loss in infants and young children compromises language development, brain development, and personal achievement throughout their lifespan. Normal hearing is the precursor to speech and language development. Without appropriate opportunities to learn language and engage, children can and will fall behind their peers in language, cognition, academic achievement, and social and emotional development.
Once identified, hearing loss must be treated with prompt intervention. Early detection can be one of the first steps in identifying a compromised sensory system in infants and children. If necessary, children with a compromised sensory system will also need to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist, ophthalmologist, audiologist, and a geneticist. This multidisciplinary approach can provide your family with an explanation for the hearing loss, a prognosis for its potential progression, and information about any associated disorders (renal, vision, cardiac, etc.).
Resources for Parents of Children with a Hearing Loss
We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of hearing healthcare and great patient communication including guiding our patients and their families toward resources available outside of this office. Each of our staff members is motivated to achieve the best results for your child in a calm and comfortable setting.
There are many resources available for parents of children with hearing loss. These resources can provide information, support, and guidance as you raise your child.
My Baby's Hearing
This site was developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital; it provides information about infant hearing loss, how the ear works, family issues, and some available intervention options.
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Address: 555 N 30th St., Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 498-6749 — (Voice)
(800) 448-3000 — (Open 24 hours a day,
(800) 448-1833 — (Open 24 hours a day,
Hereditary Hearing Loss
Provides current information on the genetic causes of hearing loss.
A national, grassroots organization that is a clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs.
Address: 2340 Alamo SE, Ste. 102, Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 872-4774 — (Voice)
(888) 835-5669 — (Voice, Toll-free)
(505) 872-4780 — (Fax)