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Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss

First Reactions

When parents find out that their child has a hearing loss, many may feel shocked, sad, and uncertain about what to do. As the shock fades, though, they usually begin a search for information. Information is one of your most powerful tools! It's very important to find out as much as you can about your child's hearing loss and what options and resources are available. If the information is hard to understand, there are specialists available who can help you.

Fortunately, there are many helpful resources. Four invaluable ones are listed below under "Where Do I Turn," and following is more information about the first two assistance options—state services such as early intervention and groups specializing in hearing loss and deafness.

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