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Education

When we ask parents, “How can we help?” the most common answer we get is, “I don’t know what I don’t know.”   Having a child with hearing loss can be overwhelming.  In addition to grieving over the hearing loss, you have to learn an entirely new vocabulary surrounding hearing loss (e.g., OAE, ABR, LSL, ASL).  No doubt you will need some help sorting through all the information professionals are giving you.  Chances are you are getting different opinions from every professional you meet. Think of Hear Indiana as sounding board for these concerns. Even if you don’t know what to ask, please contact us.

Depending on where you are on your journey, you’ll have different questions to ask.  Fill out our contact form and let us know what you have questions about. We’ll do our very best to point you in the right direction.

For Professionals

Hear Indiana would like to offer assistance to you and your school to be prepared for the deaf or hard of hearing child who listens and speaks.  For the 80-90% of families who are choosing listening and spoken language as their chosen mode of communication, the IEP goals and objectives must match this mode. Hear Indiana can provide a free consultant to your school (private, public, charter, etc.). Our consultants will help you provide an appropriate education for these special children.  In addition to our consultative services, be sure to take advantage of the Online Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center and our annual Listening and Spoken Language Conference which takes place in October.

Confirming Hearing Loss

Terms Defined

Finding Professionals

Early Intervention

Any time before your child’s 3rd birthday the following services are available:

  • Hear Indiana’s Parent Advocate
  • Hear Indiana’s Parent-to-Parent Mentorship
  • Indiana First Steps through the Family and Social Services Administration
  • The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education will provide a Guide by Your Side through Indiana Hands and Voices.  For more information, contact the Department of Health at 888-815-0006.

School Age

Any time after your child turns 3 and before your child is 21 the following services are available:

  • Hear Indiana’s Parent Advocate
  • Hear Indiana’s School-age Coordinator
  • Hear Indiana’s Parent-to-Parent Mentorship
  • Your Local Education Agency should provide appropriate educational services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education will provide a Guide by Your Side through Indiana Hands and Voices.  For more information, contact the Department of Health at 888-815-0006.