Hearing loss is one of the most common birth conditions affecting about three in every 1,000 live births. If left untreated hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop their speech, language, and social skills.
Iowa Family Support Network is here and ready to connect you and your family to resources that will allow your child to receive timely screenings, diagnoses, early interventions, supports and funding that will allow your child the best outcomes for their growth and development.
In Iowa, newborn hearing screens are completed in the hospital shortly after birth. If your child was born outside of a medical facility or missed or failed their hearing test, a screening can be completed at a hearing booth through your local Area Education Agency or hospital.
To be connected to a hearing booth in your area complete the Request Services form or contact an intake and referral specialist at 1-888-425-4371.
Iowa’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program provides resources for screenings, diagnoses, interventions, funding and supports. For more information visit Iowa’s EHDI Program
A diagnostic assessment may be recommended if your child has failed either or both of their hearing screens. Typically diagnostic assessments are completed before your child turns three months of age and can be completed at an audiology center near you.
To find a center in your area complete the Request Services form or contact an intake and referral specialist at 1-888-425-4371.
If the diagnostic assessment resulted in a diagnoses of hearing loss you and your family will play an essential role in helping your child to succeed. IFSN is here to help you learn more about child’s hearing loss, as well as services and supports to aid in their growth and development.
If your child is at-risk or has been diagnosed with a hearing loss there are early intervention systems. Iowa’s early intervention system, known as Early ACCESS, provides services to children birth to age three, in the home and at no cost to families.
For more information on Early ACCESS services complete the Request Services form or contact an intake & referral specialist at 1-888-425-4371 or click here to Make a Referral
Learning your child is at-risk or has a diagnoses of hearing loss can leave you feeling unsure, overwhelmed, and asking what steps come next. The Iowa Family Support Network is here and ready to help answer your questions and connect you to a variety of resources and supports.
Family supports, including mentoring, for you and your child are available through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program provided through ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center.
ASK Resource Center can help connect families to deaf and hard of hearing Mentors and Role Models.
• Parent Mentors are trained family members of a child with similar needs to your child.
• Deaf Role Models are trained hard of hearing or deaf adults that can provide examples for your child.
To get more information or request a mentor visit ASK Resource Center or call 515-243-1713.
There are a number of funding options available for families with a child who has developed hearing loss; the first step for financial assistance regarding hearing aids and/or audiological services is to check with your health insurance provider. Your child’s audiologist may have additional resources available as well.
Children at Home is designed to assist you and your family in securing the services and supports you identify as necessary in helping your child. Financial assistance is intended to enable you to obtain those services and supports which are not met by other programs.
Visit the Children at Home page on this site for information on how to apply or contact an intake & referral specialist at 1-888-425-4371.
Iowa Compass connects people with disabilities and complex health-related needs to services and supports in their communities throughout Iowa. Visit Iowa Compass for more information.