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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – July 2011

Updated Fact Sheets on Infant Hearing Screening and Speech and Language Development

Format: Fact Sheet
Institute: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Updated fact sheets on issues related to infant screening for hearing loss, a checklist for parents to keep track of their baby's hearing and development of communication skills, and the milestones of speech and language development are now available in print and online at the NIDCD Web site.

It's Important to Have Your Baby's Hearing Screened

Most babies have their hearing screened before they leave the hospital to identify a possible hearing loss. This fact sheet informs parents about what to expect during their baby's hearing screening and offers ideas and resources for parents.

What to Do if Your Baby's Screening Reveals a Possible Hearing Problem

This fact sheet describes in detail what parents should do if their child does not pass the hearing screening, including when to schedule the follow-up examination as well as communication options that are available if your child has hearing loss.

Your Baby's Hearing and Communicative Development Checklist

Hearing problems in children can delay the development of voice, speech, and language skills. This checklist represents the average age by which most children accomplish a variety of early speech and language skills.

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

Children vary in their development of speech and language skills. This checklist of milestones for the normal development of speech and language skills in children from birth to 5 years of age helps doctors and other health professionals determine if a child is on track or if he or she may need extra help.

Next Steps

If you would like to read or print the fact sheets, or for more information on hearing and voice, speech, and language disorders, please visit You could also call the NIDCD Clearinghouse at (800) 241-1044 or (800) 241-1055 (TTY).

This page last reviewed on August 23, 2012

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