by kdreher (2482 Posts), Tue Sep 28, 2010 02:32 pm
As the mother of a child who is speech delayed and has been diagnosed with having a mild-moderate hearing loss in both ears you should act now. Michael is 22 mos. He failed his newborn hearing tests so I knew he had some hearing loss. You need to contact an Early Intervention program for an evalution for speech and also see an audiologist for hearing tests. You can have them do the BAER test or an ABR test. I opted to have an ABR test done under sedation which provided me with the true results of his hearing loss. We do speech therpay every two weeks, what my insurace doesn't cover the EI programs pay, they are state affiliated. Michael will be wearing hearing aids soon as well. From what I have found, hearing loss is not a disability one can see, very hard to understand, etc. Your pedi can recommend an audiologist and you can find EI via a google search, etc. When looking for an EI program as some states have many, ask for a program that offers speech therapist (SLP). I have had to change EI's twice as one could not offer me speech services as they had so many clients and not enough SLPs.