" I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for making your page.... As an education outreach coordinator for the deaf and hard of hearing, I'm currently creating a resource guide to send to schools and other community programs that work with the hearing impaired. Your page been a big help. Thanks again for putting it together."
~ Outreach Coordinator and mother of a child with hearing loss
Summary of Communication Methods for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Not sure what cued speech is? ASL? Total Communication? Or the auditory-oral method? Here is a comprehensive summary on each type of communication method for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Facts About Pediatric Hearing Loss
List of facts about pediatric hearing loss that are often widely cited with their references.
Hearing Loss in Children
A Complete Guide to Closed Captioning Technology
Frequently Asked Questions About Speech & Articulation
The Right Time to Go from Hearing Aid to Cochlear Implant
Developmental neuroplasticity after cochlear implantation
Statistics on where children with hearing loss are educated in the U.S.
The Speech Banana
Sign Language DVD and tutorials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
Signing Times! http://www.signingtime.com/
Simulation: Speech through a hearing aid and FM system
Cochlear Implant Comparison Chart
United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report to Congressional Requesters: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Federal Support for Developing Language and Literacy
National Institute of Health (NIH) Fact Sheet
Cochlear Implants: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Updated fact sheet on cochlear implants
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has updated their fact sheet on cochlear implants. Visit this link for more information:
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)Guidelines for Pediatric Medical Home Providers
Spoken Language Benefits via Cochlear Implantation Prior to Age 12 Months
Health Alert for Cochlear Implant Recipients
The Centers for Disease Control has recently revised the recommendation for pneumococcal meningitis vaccination for adult cochlear implant recipients.
2013 Supplement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention Following Confirmation that a Child is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
This document is a supplement to the recommendations in the year 2007 position statement of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH, 2007) and provides comprehensive guidelines for early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs about establishing strong early intervention (EI) systems with appropriate expertise to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).
Video: Explanation of technology advances for children with hearing loss
A TEDx Talk: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and stands for: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
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Cochlear implantation in the world's largest medical device market:Utilization and awareness of cochlear implants in the United States
For the link to this research article, visit: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/cii/2013/00000014/A00101s1/art00003
Supporting Success for Kids with Hearing Loss
This is a website for professionals and family members seeking more information about the learning and social issues of children with hearing loss and what you can do to better support the future success of these children. Resources are at no cost, designed to be easy to understand quickly, and practical to use. Products and webcasts are of high value at a minimum price.
Parent Advocacy Training Course (free)
This free online course helps parents and educators build knowledge and confidence as they become advocates for their children living with hearing loss and work with local school districts and service providers.http://listeningandspokenlanguage.org/PAT/
Signing in Babies Does Not Accelerate Language Development, Study Suggests
Oct. 4, 2012 — "Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire have found no evidence to support claims that using baby signing with babies helps to accelerate their language development. In a paper to be published in Child Development, researchers conducted a controlled study to evaluate the benefits of symbolic gesture or baby sign." For the full story, click on:
Language Skills of Children with Early Cochlear Implantation
Objective: This study investigated factors contributing to the comprehension and production of English language by children with prelingual deafness after 4 to 7 yr of multichannel cochlear implant use. The analysis controlled for the effects of child and family characteristics so that educational factors most conducive to maximum implant benefit could be identified." For the full document, click:
Hearing Our Way: A magazine for kids and teens with hearing loss!
For more information and to sign up for your subscription, visit: http://www.hearingourway.com/
Speech perception and production skills of students with impaired hearing from oral and total communication education settings.
"This study examined the degree to which students with profoundly impaired hearing who had been educated in oral and total communication (TC) environments developed auditory and speech skills."
Factors Affecting the Development of Speech, Language, and Literacy in Children With Early Cochlear Implantation
Check out this self advocacy video made by Allie Russell to prepare her teachers for her transition to 6th grade. A great idea and well done!
What is Speech? What is Language?
Organizations and links related to deaf and hard of hearing children and adults
Hearing Loss Association of America
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
National Cued Speech Association
National Association of the Deaf
Hands & Voices
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Oral Deaf Education and Schools
Schools for the Deaf
Special Education Law and Advocacy
American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA)
John Tracy Clinic (free online distance education)
Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss
Hearing Solutions & Technology Companies
Phonak Hearing Systems
Advanced Bionics (implantable hearing solutions)
Cochlear (implantable hearing solutions)
MED-EL (implantable hearing solutions)
Siemens Hearing Instruments