Are there any helpful online resources we can direct families to for information regarding hearing loss and options?
There are some different organizations that are quite effective. Certainly, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has a wealth of information. Hands and Voices is another great organization with a lot of information for families. There is also the John Tracy Clinic in California who has great resources, and they still do their correspondence courses for families. Many of the hearing aid and cochlear implant companies have great resources for families on their websites. At the same time, obviously, they are selling products, but there is useful information for those families. I will also put a quick plug in for Beginnings for Parents with Hearing Impaired Children. They have a lot of great resources as well.
Dr. K. Todd Houston is an Associate Professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron. His primary areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, strategies for enhancing parent engagement in the intervention process, Auditory-Verbal Therapy, cochlear implantation in children and adults, adult aural rehabilitation, and telepractice.