Click here to locate a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist who has become a certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. Note: There are very few Certified therapists in Indiana at this time. You may need to search for speech-language pathologists or deaf educators who have taken additional coursework in listening and spoken language strategies, but are not yet Certified.
When your child does not pass the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening process, discuss with your primary care physician the next steps: 1) a medical evaluation of the hearing loss by an otolaryngologist [Ear, Nose, Throat physician (ENT)] and 2) a determination of the degree and type of hearing loss by an audiologist. When scheduling your child’s appointment, you should ask the ENT physician and audiologist if they are comfortable and experienced with evaluating children with hearing loss. Your physician should have received a physician toolkit for newborn hearing loss from the Indiana State Department of Health. Check out the detailed information on how to find qualified professionals in your area.
Click here for a very thorough list of topics your physician should discuss with you. You may want to print it out and take it with you to discuss all the tests they can do.
Once the hearing loss has been confirmed, you’ll need to discuss communication options. If you choose to pursue a listening and spoken language modality, please check out the additional pages on finding a qualified therapist.
Finding an Otologist (Neurotologist) or Pediatric Otolaryngologist
ENTs with expertise in childhood hearing loss are sometimes difficult to find. Probably the quickest and easiest way to find such a physician is to go to the website of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Follow these steps. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom before beginning your search.
An aural rehabilitation therapist could be an audiologist, a speech-language pathologist, or a teacher of the deaf. However, just like many ENTs do not focus on the ear, many of these professionals do not have the training and/or experience they need to teach your child to develop spoken language though listening. Please take a few minutes to read, “How to Know if You and Your Child has a Qualified Auditory-based Therapist.” Then use the links below to begin your search.
Click here to locate Speech-Language Pathologists who have completed 1) a Masters’ Degree, 2) a Clinical Fellowship Year, and 3) their Certificate of Clinical Competence.
For Early Intervention - One option is to use the CDHHE Network, a collaboration of the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. Two of our Hear Indiana providers are enrolled under the CDHHE Network. For more informarion, click here.
If you child has turned three, you'll want to contact your Local Education Agency. In order to get a Speech-Language Pathologist, Deaf Educator, or other provider from the local school district, you'll need to request an evaluation for eligibility as deaf or hard of hearing from your Special Education Office (often located in a Co-op building). To find the special education director in your area, click here. The school district has 50 instructional days to complete the evaluation, so don't wait... After the evaluation, you are entitled to a copy of the evaluation results prior to your first case conference. At the first case conference, you and the team will determine eligibility and appropriate services. In Hear Indiana's opinion, any degree of hearing loss is educationally significant. Please see our advocacy section for more information.
Click here to locate Audiologists who have completed 1) their doctorate degree (AUD), 2) a Clinical Fellowship Year, and 3) their Certificate of Clinical Competence.
For Early Intervention - You will need to find an audiologist with experience working with young children. If you have an infant or toddler, the list of providers who have appropriate equipment to evaluate and fit this population is even smaller. Please click on this document of Level One Audiology Providers. Level One facilities have the recommended equipment to provide comprehensive diagnostic audiology services for newborns and young children to determine hearing status.
Contact your insurance company or Medicaid to determine who you can see under your plan. To find an audiologist who accepts First Steps, visit the Matrix page. Then select “Availability Only” and complete the information to search for audiologist in your area.
If your child is not yet three, First Steps should work with you to find a provider from the Statewide Referral Network for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (SRNDHH). If your child has turned three, you'll want to contact your Local Education Agency. See information under Speech-Language Pathologist above. You will want to talk candidly with the Deaf Educator in your area about his/her training and experience in working with children who listen and speak. Some professionals are trained to teach children sign language, whereas others are trained in teaching spoken language.
For example, the focus of the Deaf Education program at Ball State University in Indiana is to train providers in working with children who use sign language. According to the Ball State website: "In this unique program, you are immersed in deaf culture and gain hands-on experience working with children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. You practice American Sign Language (ASL) with deaf individuals, gain classroom and teaching experience, and have a variety of educational and social experiences with children and adults who are deaf." At this time, fewer than 20% of all Deaf Education graduate programs in the US focus on spoken language training.