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Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop communication, language, and social skills.  The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential.  If you are a parent and you suspect your child has hearing loss, trust your instincts and speak with your child’s doctor. Don’t wait!


Hearing Loss Topics

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Facts, causes, and prevention.

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Types of treatment and intervention services.

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Screening, diagnosis, EHDI funded projects.

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View, print and order free materials.

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Hearing screening and full hearing test.

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Data and statistics highlights.

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Scientific articles.

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What CDC is doing about hearing loss.


Developmental Milestones




Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (for example, crawling and walking). Check out milestones by age:

Birth through 5 years of age

Birth to 19 years of age


My Story


My Story

Read stories of people living with hearing loss.


Information for You




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Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) button


Contact Us:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

    Hearing Loss Team

    1600 Clifton Road
    MS E-87
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • Contact CDC-INFO The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
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