The Infant Hearing Program provides follow up coordination for tracking and surveillance of babies that need hearing evaluations after non-pass hearing screening results to find hearing loss early in life.
The Ohio Department of Health’s Infant Hearing Program’s goal is to ensure all newborns receive a hearing screening before hospital discharge. Legislation in Ohio requires all babies a receive the hearing screening to find hearing loss risk or risk for hearing loss.
The Infant Hearing Program also provides follow up coordination for tracking and surveillance of babies that need hearing evaluations after non-pass hearing screening results to find hearing loss early in life. Early identification of hearing loss allows for the baby to develop communication, language and/or speech skills.
When a baby or toddler is reported to have a hearing loss, the Infant Hearing Program refers families for home-based, early intervention services to help with the development of communication and language in infants and toddlers under the age of three early intervention is available if the family is interested in these services.
The time period for speech, language, and communication development is between birth and three years old. The earlier a child’s hearing loss is identified or found, the earlier a child can begin developing communication skills. Missing hearing loss may affect a child’s language development, educational achievement, literacy levels and social-emotional development. It’s important for children to have school readiness.