If your baby has been diagnosed with any type of permanent hearing loss, ranging from mild, moderate, moderately severe to profound, and/or Auditory Neuropathy, she/he will be eligible for the IHP.
The IHP Audiologist involved with your baby will make a referral for any child identified with a permanent hearing loss to a Pediatric Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist), for consultation and evaluation.
A Family Support Worker (FSW) will be involved with your family to support you throughout the process from diagnosis to discharge. She will help you to understand the hearing loss and its impact on you and your child’s life. The FSW will coordinate services for your child and liase with other professionals on your behalf. The FSW will inform you of, and help you to apply for any applicable funding. At the time of school entry there will be a transition to school plan in order to transfer some services your child may be receiving.
The IHP will also provide services to support the development of the language and communication skills of the baby. Each family will make an informed decision about which mode of communication is best for their child and which community agency (ies) would best suit the family’s needs depending on the nature of the hearing loss. The IHP will support the family in their choice (s).
Your child will require ongoing hearing assessments and depending on the nature of the loss will require various other services available through the Infant Hearing Program.