The Earliest Interventions: When Parents Discover They Have a Deaf Child

Expectant parents eagerly await the birth of their child and celebrate the baby’s arrival. Parents fully expect their baby to resemble them physically and in temperament. The confirmation that their baby is deaf is usually unexpected, and parents are often unprepared for this news. Most parents with deaf or hard-of-hearing babies born in the United States discover their child’s hearing level soon after birth. Differences in hearing levels occur in roughly 2 -3 births per 1000, and in almost all of these instances, the parents are hearing.