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Hearing Loss and Your Child

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Every child is unique. All children, including infants, have their own special personality and talents. Just as each child is unique, a child's hearing loss is also unique. One child's hearing loss may be very different from another child's hearing loss.

Research studies show that about 30% of all children with hearing loss may have one or more special needs that have nothing to do with the ear or hearing. These can include visual, physical, or other special needs. You will want to discuss these other conditions with your child's doctor or professional team.

All of these factors are important while you are deciding which intervention program best meets the strengths and needs of your child. You will be designing a program that is unique for your child.

Now let's take a closer look at some of the professionals who may be on your child's team, the intervention services your child might get, and how you can put all the intervention services together.

Remember, all babies with hearing loss should begin to get intervention services before they are 6 months old.

Intervention Services: Intervention services are types of services available for children and their families. An intervention service might be:

  • Meeting with a professional (or team) who is trained to work with children that have a hearing loss, and their families
  • Working with a professional (or team) that can help a family and child learn to communicate
  • Fitting a baby with a hearing device, such as a hearing aid
  • Joining family support groups
  • Other services available to children with a hearing loss and their families

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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    Atlanta, GA 30333
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