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Newborn Hearing Screening

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Where can I get more information about hearing loss to help my infant/child?

  • National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)

    Voice: 435-797-3584
    Email: mail@infanthearing.org
    Internet: www.infanthearing.org
    Description: The goal of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM - pronounced "en-cham") at Utah State University is to ensure that all infants (newborns) and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention. NCHAM receives funding from federal, state, and private sources to conduct research, develop training materials, provide training and technical assistance, and disseminate information about early identification and management of hearing loss.
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (A.G. Bell)

    Voice: 202-337-5220
    TTY: 202-337-5221
    Toll-free: 1-800-HEAR-KID (1-800-432-7543)
    Email: info@agbell.org
    Internet: www.agbell.org
    Description: A nonprofit, membership-based information center on hearing loss. Focuses specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals, and other interested parties. Information available to parents includes publications, funding sources, pamphlets, conferences, and scholarship program information.
  • American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

    Voice: 717-334-7922
    Toll-free: 1-800-942-ASDC (1-800-942-2732)
    Email: ASDC1@aol.com
    Internet: www.deafchildren.org
    Description: A nonprofit organization designed to educate, empower and support parents and families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Helps families find meaningful communication options, particularly through the use of sign language, in their home, school, and community.
  • Boys Town Hospital

    Voice: 402-498-6511
    TTY: 402-498-6543
    Toll-free: 1-800-282-6657
    Email: moeller@boystown.org
    Internet: www.boystownhospital.org
    Description: A nonprofit hospital that is internationally recognized for research and treatment of childhood deafness and communication disorders. Programs include the Center for Audiology and Vestibular Services, the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language, and Learning, and the Center for Medical/Surgical Services. Produces videotapes designed to help families learn signs and read effectively with young children who are deaf.

College Advice for Deaf Students

Beginning college includes many changes and transitions, especially for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students accustomed to support provided by state agencies and their local high school may find themselves without that same network. Continue reading for college and career advice created specifically for aspiring students who are deaf or hard of hearing, no matter where they are on their journey to a degree or career.

For more information about services in Alaska contact:

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Division of Public Health
Alaska Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program
Voice: 907-269-3400
Internet: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/wcfh/newborn/resources/