Hearing loss ranges from mild or moderate hearing loss in the person who is hard of hearing, to profound hearing loss in the person who is deaf. The use of the term “deaf” generally identifies the person from an audiological testing or measurement perspective, as above. The use of the big D as in “Deaf” identifies those people who consider themselves to be culturally deaf.
My Baby’s Hearing (external link) is brought to you by a team of professionals at Boys Town National Research Hospital.
While there, be sure to check out the First Steps section which provides information on testing, what the results mean and follow up. If your baby has been diagnosed with a hearing loss, go to the Next Steps section. Here, you will learn about early intervention and to read about other parents’ experiences. Once you are in the Next Steps section, you will see three major areas: Hearing and Amplification, Language and Learning, and Parent to Parent.
While there be sure to check out: A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss: Information about programs and services to help you and your child; Hearing Screening: What’s Your Baby’s Hearing Screening Result; and Amy’s Story: Mother of twins who both have hearing loss.