Hearing Loss Links >> Resources >> National Organizations
- The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child with hearing loss has the opportunity to learn to listen and talk.
- American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is an organization of parents and families that advocates for deaf or hard of hearing children's total quality participation in education, the family and the community. This site provides information and resources to families and parents related to hearing loss.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Newborn & Infant Hearing Screening Action Center provides information on newborn hearing screening guidelines and current legislation.
- Audiology Awareness With the "Ask an Audiologist" section, and helpful links, the Audiology Awareness Campaign educates the public about the value of hearing care. Includes a search feature to find an Audiologist.
- Audiology Online - extensive online training and industry news and jobs for audiologists, including websites for practice development in partnership with healthyhearing.com. The Hearing Journal Archives on this site contain many helpful articles about hearing loss and hearing aids.
- Baby Hearing.org - developed by Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Deaf, Geneticists, Doctors and Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children at the Boys Town National Research Hospital. This site provides valuable information about infant hearing loss, how the ear works, family issues, some available intervention options and much more.
- Better Hearing Institute - provides comprehensive information on hearing loss, tinnitus, and hearing aids, as well as a directory of hearing care providers (audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, and otolaryngologists ).
- Family Voices - clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs.
- Go Hear is dedicated to being the best source of information for families of infants and children diagnosed with a hearing loss and the professionals who work with these individuals.
- Hands & Voices National - a parent-driven, non-profit organization supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing regardless of communication method or mode. Membership includes families, professionals, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Provides information and technical support on hearing subjects without a bias towards one form of communication over another.
- Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center - A resource center in the Seattle, Washington area.
- John Tracy Clinic is a non-profit organization which provides worldwide and without charge, parent-centered services to young children with a hearing loss. Services include audiological testing, parent/infant programs, parent classes, a preschool, and a correspondence course.
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest and largest organization representing people with disabilities in the United States. This site provides information on programs and activities including grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, certification of American Sign Language professionals, certification of sign language interpreters, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, and youth leadership development.
- National Policy Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs (NPCSHCN) is concerned with the promotion of complete, family-centered systems of health care for children with special health care needs and their families. The Center is dedicated to producing information that is relevant to benefit managed care organizations, state agencies, families, and program administrators.
- Net Connections for Communication Disorders & Sciences provides many valuable resources for professionals and students in communication disorders and sciences as well as for people with communication disabilities and those who are part of their lives.
- Raising Deaf Kids - information and resources on hearing loss for parents, from The Deafness and Family Communication Center (DFCC) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 98,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
- National Cued Speech Association - Promotes and supports the effective use of Cued Speech for communication, language acquisition and literacy. They offer services and teacher training.
- Academy of Doctors of Audiologists provides valuable resources to the private practitioner in audiology and to other audiology professionals who have responsibility for the concerns of quality patient care and business operation.
- Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology has as its primary purpose to promote excellence in hearing care through the provision of comprehensive rehabilitative and habilitative services.
- American Academy of Audiology is a professional organization dedicated to providing quality hearing care to the public. This Web site provides consumer and professional resources related to hearing care.
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is the world's largest organization of physicians dedicated to the care of ear, nose, and throat disorders. This site provides health tips and information related to hearing disorders.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 127,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
- American Academy of Pediatrics for information, alerts, and resources related to the physical, mental, and social health of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Pediatrics is an online publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics journal. The following is an article from one of their publications: Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings: A Three Year Experience.
- International Hearing Society (IHS) is the nonprofit, professional association that represents Hearing Instrument Specialists® in the United States, Canada, Japan and several other countries. IHS members test human hearing and select, fit and dispense hearing instruments.
Many community service organizations receive charitable donations to purchase hearing aids and other devices for low income deaf and hard of hearing people. Clubs often recondition hearing aids and donate them to needy individuals. Many of these organizations are listed in your telephone directory.
Organizations that typically offer this type of assistance include the following:
- National Easter Seal Society http://www.easterseals.com/
- March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com/home.asp
- Telephone Pioneers of America http://www.telephone-pioneers.org/
- Lions Clubs International http://www.lionsclubs.org/
- Kiwanis Clubs http://www.kiwanis.org/
- Rotary Clubs http://www.rotary.org/
- Sertoma Clubs http://www.sertoma.org/
- Optimist Clubs http://www.optimist.org/
- Gallaudet University - Offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses for people with hearing loss as well as those interested in the field of deafness.
- Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center - (from Gallaudet University) provides information on various topics related to deafness, including topics of interest to parents of children with hearing loss & multicultural issues.
There are several warning signs for diminished hearing to watch for. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, you may have hearing loss if you experience three or more hearing symptoms in every day life. Read more…
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