EHDI for Parents
About 40,000 new babies are born in Iowa each year. Of these, approximately 120 will be diagnosed with hearing loss. Screening your baby's hearing is very important, even if your family has no history of hearing problems. In fact, most babies born with hearing loss are born to parents with normal hearing. If identification does not happen until after six months of age, the child's language skills at age 3 will be about half of a child with normal hearing.
This page was created for parents to serve as a guide to learn more about newborn hearing screening, diagnosis of hearing loss in a child, and resources that available to help your child and family.
Hearing Aids and Audiological Services Funding
Loss and Found - What to do if your baby didn't pass the newborn hearing screening. A Sound Beginning for Your Newborn Baby
Brochure of the Iowa Early Detection and Intervention System
Printed copies of the brochure may be requested from: Tammy O'Hollearn Iowa EHDI Coordinator Phone:(515) 242-5639 (800) 383-3826 Fax:(515) 242-6013 A Sound Beginning Brochure - English
A Sound Beginning Brochure - Spanish
This directory is intended to serve as a resource for parents and professionals in locating a variety of pediatric audiology and hearing aid dispensing providers throughout Iowa. Audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, and ear, nose, and throat doctors were invited to be listed in this directory. All providers who responded and provide pediatric hearing health care services to children have been included in this directory.
Printed copies of the resource guide may be requested from:
Tammy O'Hollearn Iowa EHDI Coordinator Phone:(515) 242-5639 or (800) 383-3826 Fax:(515) 242-6013
Guide developed by parents and professionals in Iowa to serve as a first step in the journey toward understanding child's hearing loss and the resources available for your child and family.
GBYS is a family support program for Iowa families who have an infant or toddler who has a hearing loss.
Link to local, state and national Web sites, and other resources you may find useful.
Quarterly newsletter put out by Iowa's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program.
Disclaimer: The following list of Web links is not exhaustive, but a place to begin for those interested in learning more about early hearing detection and intervention programs, hearing loss, and family support. Each Web site below provides additional resources.
State and Local
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are available in Portable Document Format (.pdf).
This website is supported in part by Iowa's Cooperative Agreement for EHDI, UR3/CCU724779-01 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.