Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Module 2 - Understanding Hearing: How the Ear Works and How to Test Hearing in Infants

Module 2 focuses on providing information on how the ear works and how sound travels through the auditory system. It also delves into how hearing is assessed in newborns and young children.

In Module 2, you will:

  • develop an understanding of how the ear works,   
  • learn about the various hearing tests available for infants and young children,
  • develop an understanding of the different ways sound is transmitted through the ear during testing,     
  • learn the components of the audiogram and how to read and interpret test results, and   
  • develop an understanding of the types of hearing loss.

Downloadable resources and additional information are provided at the bottom of this module web page. 



Module 2 - Understanding Hearing

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About the Author

Charlotte Mullen, AuD, is the primary pediatric audiologist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and coordinator for education and training for the audiology service of Boston Children’s Hospital.


Supports Module 2: Evaluations

Early Intervention Network: Supporting Linguistic Competence for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This on-line network shares five evidence-based factors and supporting program components shown to be essential for the development of linguistic competence in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Various programs implementing these factors from throughout the country are highlighted. There are many resources for promoting both visual and spoken language development.

About the Actor

Michelle A. Banks is the actor in the introduction, the overview, and Modules 2, 4, and 7.

Testing Hearing in Infants

Supports Module 2: Testing Hearing in Infants