New Effort to Help Ohio Kids with Hearing Issues

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and health agencies around Ohio are collaborating to try to reduce the percentage of children with hearing problems. Learn more about how early intervention efforts are helping children in Ohio.



Sustained progress reported in early hearing loss screening, intervention programs

Between 2006 and 2012, increases were reported in screening, diagnosis, and early intervention rates for hearing loss in U.S. infants, according to the CDC.

Researchers additionally observed a decrease in the number of infants lost to follow-up and lost to documentation.


Deaf girl’s performance in speech contest was impressive, but not as impressive as she is

Adopted from China at age 4, she’s a Whitley County high school honor student who works at a Fort Wayne restaurant, has ambitious dreams and just placed second in a statewide speech contest.

She’s also been deaf since birth — and communicated with the judges mostly through American sign language and the sheer force of her personality and the determination to prove that the lack of hearing does not indicate a lack of ability, intellect or even happiness.


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

What are you doing to raise awareness about communication concerns in children? The NCHAM website,, has two resources posted now:


(1) Families who are concerned about their child’s hearing often don’t know where to turn for help. Doctors and family resource organizations can help by linking families to these Just in Time resources [PDF]. There is a Spanish version [PDF] as well.


(2) ASHA-certified audiologist Dr. Patti Martin talks about what to expect from a newborn hearing screening, why it is important, and how to identify the signs of hearing loss within the first year of a child’s life. (This podcast was posted with the permission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.)


Check the NCHAM Facebook page often throughout the month of May to see resources, materials and information that can help both professionals and families.