Early Intervention Status of a Sample of Aided and Implanted Children

Early intervention helps children to reach their potential in all areas of development, including: Language and communication (a strong focus for children with hearing loss), Social, Emotional, Physical and Cognitive development. Research shows that the earlier these services begin, the better the outcomes for children with hearing loss. Hearing Australia works with many early intervention services and your audiologist will be able to refer you to local organisations that could help your child. Parents are able to choose the service they feel best suits their needs and they can switch services at any stage.

In 2021, we conducted a review so that we could understand what types of intervention children under 7 years of age were receiving. We found that 74% were engaged with a provider of early intervention supports.58% were receiving specialist early intervention for children who were deaf or hard of hearing and a further 16% had engaged with another type of Early Intervention provider, including those that provided specialist services for other disabilities, such as cerebral palsy.

A number of factors affected whether children were not engaged with specialist early intervention for children who were deaf or hard of hearing. The most common reasons for never engaging with EI were that the child was already at school when their hearing loss was diagnosed and aids fitted, the family were not concerned about the child’s progress or developmental assessment had shown no delays and/or the family declined.  

Interested in learning more?

You can read the full report here.

Our “Choices” publication provides families with information about hearing, technology and a range of intervention options. The publication can be read here.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can help children who are newly diagnosed with hearing loss. To learn more, and to check if your child is eligible, visit the NDIS website here:  Newly diagnosed hearing loss | NDIS