Infant Hearing Program
Infant Hearing Program
(Childhood Permanent Hearing Impairment Program)

Baby in red outfit hand to earThe provincial government funds a universal program for children with permanent hearing impairments from birth to Grade One entry. This program includes:

  • Infant Hearing Screening: Approximately 24 hours after birth, infants may have their hearing screened by a trained screener from the Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Babies who ‘refer’ on the initial screening will be seen for follow-up at the community screening clinic and/or by the program’s audiologist. Babies born at other area hospitals or at-home will be screened at community clinics.

If the baby does not get screened shortly after birth, the baby will be seen at a community clinic located at the Five Counties Children’s Centre sites (Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg). Babies identified with hearing loss or ‘at risk’ will be referred for follow-up services such as audiology, family support services, communication development services or further screening.

  • Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment Services: This program includes children with permanent hearing impairments as diagnosed by an audiologist. Services available to these children and their families include family support, communication development, audiology and hearing aid management.

For more information go to the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program Website (associated with Markham Stouffville Hospital Child Development Program) or the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website.
You can also call the Centre at 748-2337 ext. 100.

Infant Hearing Program