Infant Hearing Program
Identifies infants and children with hearing loss
Nearly four in 1,000 babies are born deaf or hard of hearing. More lose their hearing later as they grow. These children may need to learn speech and language differently, so detecting hearing loss early is essential. Our Infant Hearing Program is designed to give children a better start in life by screening hearing loss and providing supports that enhance language development.
Our services focus on identifying all infants with permanent hearing loss, giving parents and caregivers the information they need to make timely, informed decisions, and providing the services necessary to maximize family communication and language development.
Working with an interdisciplinary team, we provide the following services:
- Newborn Hearing Screening – Free hearing screening for all newborns before leaving the hospital or through a community screening clinic. Certain medical and genetic risk factors for hearing loss are also tested through Newborn Screening Ontario
- Infant Hearing Audiology Services – Hearing tests and hearing technology fitting management offered through various Infant Hearing Audiology Clinics in Toronto
- Family Support – Counselling, support and general information about community agencies; resources, and referrals to community programs
- Communication Development Support – Assessment of your child’s oral and/or visual communication development, parent support and education
Starting April 1, 2022, Surrey Place will oversee the delivery and administration for the Toronto region. This service was previously managed by Toronto Public Health.