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Updated NIDCD Publications Available for Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, an opportunity to “raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing,” according to two sponsoring organizations.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and many other organizations involved in this annual celebration are sponsoring events to educate people about hearing and speech. The NIDCD joins in by offering four recently updated publications in the areas of newborn hearing screening and speech development in children.

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 why it’s so important. 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 what communication options 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).