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Hearing First

Chief Executive Officer: Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D.

1600 Market Street, Suite 3600
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hearing First helps caring adults support infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing to have the same listening, spoken language, and literacy opportunities as their hearing friends. For children with hearing loss, the first days, weeks, and months of life are critical. We support families during this period and all along their journey raising their child. We are here for families when they need information, a resource, a connection with another family, or simply to learn what to do next. We reach families through our online community, our social platforms and, importantly, the professionals in their lives.

We equip families and professionals with the resources, communities, and learning experiences they need to improve outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through listening and spoken language.

  • Hearing First resources including articles, family videos and podcast episodes are captioned and available in English. Some resources are available in Spanish.
  • Hearing First resources can be searched by topic and include information about the family journey in listening and spoken language, hearing technology, LSL strategies and techniques and information to support families who have chosen LSL.
  • Hearing First resources and learning experiences are available to the public at no cost.

Flexer, Carol (2017). Starts with the Brain and Connect the Dots: Supporting Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to Develop Literacy Through Listening and Spoken Language [White Paper].

Wolfe, Jace (2020). Entrain the Brain: Optimize Listening and Spoken Language Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss [White Paper]. Hearing First.

Wolfe, Jace (2019). Mission Probable: Age-Appropriate Listening and Spoken Language Abilities for Children with Hearing Loss [White Paper]. Hearing First.

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