Approximately 12,000 babies each year are born in the United States with permanent hearing loss. Most of these children are born to parents with normal hearing, who have had no experience with deafness or hearing loss of any kind. It is natural to feel overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with the situation; however, it is important to remember that you are not alone. We have provided some resources on this page to help guide your journey.
Your understanding of your child's hearing loss, and the services available to your baby and family, will play an essential role in helping your child to succeed. Iowa's EHDI program developed a resource guide, with the help of many dedicated professionals and families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, to assist families in their journey. The guide will provide you with the basic knowledge you need to navigate Iowa's service system. Guides are also available by calling (800) 383-3826.
If diagnostic testing shows that your baby has a hearing loss, a number of professionals will help your baby and family. Professionals may include the following:
All of these professionals will provide support to your family and work together to assist in your baby's development.
See our Family Resource Guide   for helpful information about:
This website is supported in part by Iowa's Cooperative Agreement for EHDI, UR3/CCU724779-01 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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