The Infant Hearing Program will refer babies to audiology as part of the follow up services they provide.
What are the Infant Hearing Program services?
The Infant Hearing Program is a program that:
- monitors children born with risk factors for permanent hearing loss.
- provides audiology assessment and intervention services including hearing aid and other assistive device fitting, evaluation, and monitoring to infants who are identified with permanent hearing loss (PHL)
- provides supports and services needed to develop language and literacy skills
Why do babies need to see Audiology?
If a baby has had a normal hearing assessment, they will be monitored by audiology for hearing loss which can occur later. If a baby has confirmed hearing loss, the audiologist will help create a plan for the baby’s language and literacy development, and provide intervention services including hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive device fitting if needed.
How often do babies need to see Audiology?
If a baby has confirmed hearing loss, they will be assessed at least every 3 months for the first year, every 6 months for the second year, and once a year afterwards.
If a baby has had a normal hearing assessment and a risk factor for hearing loss has been identified, they will be assessed every 4 months for the first year, then at 18 months, 3 years and 5 years.