This section of Info to Go provides information surrounding the process of hearing and the medical and audiological implications of hearing loss.

Clerc Center Resources  

Module 2 - Understanding Hearing: How the Ear Works and How to Test Hearing in Infants (Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, 2016)

This module provides a video and supporting handouts on how the ear works, various types of hearing loss, various hearing tests available for infants and young children, components of an audiogram and how to interpret test results. This information is also available in Spanish.  

Stakeholder Resources  

Alexander Graham Bell Association: Hearing Loss Explained

Information related to how hearing works, the causes of hearing loss, and other topics related to hearing.  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Hearing Loss (ASHA)

Pages on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website discussing the various aspects of hearing, including types of hearing challenges, levels and patterns of hearing abilities, and causes of being deaf or hard of hearing.   

Unilateral Hearing (ASHA)

Web page on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website discussing the various aspects of being deaf or hard of hearing in one ear; including its impact on language, development, and education.  

Resource Guide for Educational/Pediatric Audiologists (ASHA)

List of comprehensive links to resources on topics related to the ear, hearing, assessment of hearing, implications of hearing challenges, educational considerations related to hearing, and professional practices in evaluating hearing.  

CDC: Hearing Loss in Children

Website, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, covering a variety of topics for both professionals and families related to newborn hearing screening, identifying children as deaf or hard of hearing, and early education. It includes links to research, family stories, and free downloadable resources including fact sheets, posters, and brochures. Many resources are available in Spanish.  

EHDI-PALS: Early Hearing Detection & Intervention - Pediatric Audiology Links to Services

Links to information, resources, and services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. At the heart of EHDI-PALS is a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age.

Hearinglikeme.com (Phonak): Hearing Loss Simulator: Understanding mild and moderate hearing loss

Website developed by Phonak Corporation providing simulations of varied hearing levels. The user has the opportunity to listen to a variety of sounds (e.g., speech, environmental sounds, music) in a variety of listening conditions (e.g., in quiet, noise, at a distance).  

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Auditory Neuropathy Information developed by NIDCD about auditory neuropathy, a unique hearing condition for which sound enters the inner ear in a typical fashion but the transmission of signals from the inner ear to the brain is compromised and causes problems in auditory comprehension. Identified in an increasing number of students, this condition is also referred to as auditory dyssynchrony or Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder.  

Hearing, Ear Infections and Deafness (NIDCD)

Links to information on numerous topics related to the ear and hearing, from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). 

The Developing Child with Unilateral Hearing Loss (Supporting Success for Students with Hearing Loss)

Resource explaining what to discuss with families about having a child with unilateral hearing. Handouts are provided to summarize key concepts.  

Demonstrations: Simulated Listening with Hearing Loss & Devices (Supporting Success for Students with Hearing Loss)

Links to demonstrations simulating what it sounds like to listen with various levels of hearing, with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, through a hearing aid, through a cochlear implant, and through an FM system.  

Last revised November 2017

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