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Early Intervention Services for Children with Hearing Loss

  • December 12th, 2014
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Early diagnosis of hearing loss and the provision of early intervention services are critical in order to address the language and communication needs of the child and the family. Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss. Early Intervention provides supports and services to young children and their families/caregivers to help the child grow and develop. Many resources are available to parents and professionals at the Pennsylvania Early Intervention website under Low Incidence.

Additionally, in Pennsylvania, there is the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) funded by the Department of Health. Pennsylvania’s goals are hearing screening test for all babies no later than 1 month of age, diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age if baby did not pass hearing screening test, and early intervention no later than 6 months of age if baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Information is available on this site for families, audiologists, physicians and birth facilities.

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