Newly Identified

Okay, my child has been identified as deaf or hard of hearing.  What do I do now?  

Here are some things you may want to know...

Audiologists and ENTs
Audiogram
Types of Hearing Loss
Degrees of Hearing Loss
Language Aquisition and Communication Options
Genetics
Assistive Technology
Terms & Definitions

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AUDIOLOGISTS & ENTs

When your child has been identified at school or thru the newborn hearing screening as having a possible hearing loss, you will be refered to an Audiologist and/or to an ENT (Otolaryngoligist).   The Audiologist is the professional who will test your child's hearing in a sound booth. In Texas they are required to be licensed and have their PhD in Audiology. The ENT is an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. This doctor will check your child for causes of hearing loss. 

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Pediatric Audiology Links to Services http://www.ehdipals.org/

American Academy of Otolaryngology  http://www.entnet.org/  
American Academy of Audiology www.audiology.org

If your baby was refered thru the newborn screening be sure to follow up with a pediatric audiologist within the first month for a follow-up evaluation! 

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What to do if your baby doesn't pass the Newborn Hearing Screen

 

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AUDIOGRAM


The Audiologist will report his/her findings on an Audiogram.  This is a chart of the sounds your child can hear.  It is based on frequency (low or high pitch sounds) and decibels (soft or loud sounds). 

Different types of testing can be done as a part of the child's hearing evaluation. Texas Connect's Topic Card 1 discusses these tests.  

 

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TYPES OF HEARING LOSS

 

In general, type of loss is categorised by medical professionals as conductive, sensorineural, or mixed and either stable or progressive, and unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (both ears).

Unilateral 

 

Sensoneural Hearing Loss (SNHL) - SNHL occurs in the inner ear and results from damage to, or absence of, the nerves (sometimes called hair cells) that sense sound waves. Causes can be congenital (present at birth) and/or environmentally aquired (i.e. noise, illness, trauma, etc.).

 

ConductiveConductive hearing losses result from physical problems with the movement of the sound wave through the ear.  Conductive losses can be permanent or variable, and affect the middle ear, tympanic membrane or the outer ear. 

 

Auditory Neuropathy/Auditory Dys-synchrony

 


 


DEGREES OF HEARING LOSS

Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning Needs (pdf) 

more coming soon

 


LANGUAGE AQUISITION and COMMUNICATION OPTIONS

 

Hands & Voices National has created the Communication Considerations A to Z™ that is designed to help families and the professionals working with them access information and further resources to assist them in raising and educating children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Texas Connect website also has many resources for you.   You may want to read their communication FAQs here.   

See the attached article for education options for deaf/hh students in Texas.

 

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GENETICS

 

coming soon

 


ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

 

http://www.handsandvoices.org/articles/articles_index.html#technology

 

 

TERMS & DEFINITIONS

 

 

Texas Connect website Hearing Loss Terms & Definitions FAQs can be found here

 

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