Many studies show that it is important for us to know that some children are identified at birth or within the first few months of life as having a hearing loss or deafness, however, many children who have hearing loss may not be discovered.  The article from “Hearing for World” reported that on average hearing losses are not discovered until the second to fourth year of age if they do not receive any detailed analysis after a child’s birth, which is too much late. In order to guarantee normal speech development, the children with hard of hearing should be treated as early as the first year of age.  Sometimes babies or toddlers may have had minimal or no hearing loss at birth show signs of later-onset hearing loss. So it is important to receive additional screening since hearing loss of any kind can affect a child’s speech and language development.

How ear works?

Causes and Types of Hearing Loss

Technology options:

Assistive Listening Systems (ALS): are used to improve the reception of speech for people with hearing loss in situations when it might be difficult or impossible to hear otherwise. ALS can be used by people without hearing aids, with hearing aids and with cochlear implants. (More information: Hearing aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Listening Devices, and Assistive Listening Systems)

Infrared (IR)
FM Systems
Audio Induction Loop Systems

Remote communication options among deaf or  persons with hard-of-hearing

Purple Communication ( http://www.purple.us/p3/)

The software from Purple communication, P3, provides options for deaf or hard-of hearing individuals to communicate by using VRS (Video Relay Service) or Text.  Uses the Webcam on your laptop or PC and the Internet.

Individuals who are hard-of hearing or deaf are eligible for the services and they can communicate either using ASL or text through P3 software running on a PC with a Webcam.  You can run P3 on a mobile phone.

SorensonVRS  (http://www.sorensonvrs.com/)

SorensonVRS offers a Video phone to the deaf and hard-of-hearing users. In most cases, you will need to get an HDTV, but you can get their video phone if you are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Use for people who know ASL (American Sign Language); Sorenson also offers video remote interpreting (VRI) services.

Captel  (http://www.captel.com)

Captel is a telephone that displays captions of everything your caller says and has a magnified display screen. Use for people who have hearing disability but can speak. Two types: one type (800) uses a regular analog line and another (800i) one requires high-speed internet.

 WebCaptel (http://www.captel.com/webcaptel.php)

Webcaptel has a feature of online text captions for a person who is hard-of-hearing or deaf.