Updated Fact Sheets on Infant Hearing Screening and Speech and Language Development Now Available
Updated fact sheets on issues related to infant screening for hearing loss, a checklist for parents to keep track of their baby’s hearing and development of communication skills, and the milestones of speech and language development are now available in print and online at the NIDCD website.
It’s Important to Have Your Baby’s Hearing Screened
Most babies have their hearing screened before they leave the hospital to identify a possible hearing loss. This fact sheet informs parents about what to expect during their baby’s hearing screening and offers ideas and resources for parents. Read or print the fact sheet online.
What to Do if Your Baby’s Screening Reveals a Possible Hearing Problem
This fact sheet describes in detail what parents should do if their child does not pass the hearing screening, including when to schedule the follow-up examination as well as communication options that are available if your child has hearing loss. Read or print the fact sheet online.
Your Baby’s Hearing and Communicative Development Checklist
Hearing problems in children can delay the development of voice, speech, and language skills. This checklist represents the average age by which most children accomplish a variety of early speech and language skills. Read or print the fact sheet online.
Speech and Language Developmental Milestones
Children vary in their development of speech and language skills. This checklist of milestones for the normal development of speech and language skills in children from birth to 5 years of age helps doctors and other health professionals determine if a child is on track or if he or she may need extra help. Read or print the fact sheet online.
Check the NIDCD website for more information on hearing and voice, speech, and language disorders or call the NIDCD Clearinghouse at (800) 241-1044 or (800) 241-1055 (TTY).