My baby has a hearing loss
You and your baby – the first steps
This is such a special time for you and your family and we are here to support you as you welcome your new addition. Get to know your new arrival and their personality and spend time together as a family – simply cuddling and playing!
If your baby has a hearing loss and no other health problems, you don’t need to be doing anything different or special at this time other than lots of visual communication. A loving, nurturing environment is all your baby needs.
For some families when they are told their baby has a hearing loss, the news can come as a great shock. Some parents will be upset by the news, others will be relieved that their suspicions have finally been confirmed. There is no right or wrong way to feel and it’s important to take the time to adjust, to look after yourself and consider how you are feeling.
Watch videos featuring parents of children with a hearing loss
You and your family – our FREE guide
When you’ve been told your baby has a hearing loss you may have lots of questions. Our guide, You and your family, can be used by parents and the wider family who have just been given the diagnosis that their baby has a hearing loss.
The You and your family guide covers:
- early days – the first steps, telling others and creating a support network
- understanding childhood deafness
- communication, play and education
- hearing technology and other useful equipment
- financial support – benefits you may be entitled to
- services and professionals who can support you.
Download your free copy of You and Your Family (Nov 2016 Revision)
What parents say
“I needed to know that it wasn’t my fault and what my options were. When I got the information I started to focus on the important things like communication and not on who to blame.”
You're not alone
Meeting other families with deaf children can be invaluable and when you feel the time is right, you may want to:
- read or chat about other families’ experiences of having a baby with a hearing loss on our online forum Parent Place or on Facebook
- watch our video My baby has a hearing loss and meet baby Harry and his mum, Lorna, who talks openly about how she felt when her son was diagnosed
- join a local group to meet other families in your area
- attend a free NDCS family weekend, especially for families of newly identified deaf children.
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We can support you
You may feel overwhelmed with information and have lots of questions, so please contact the NDCS Freephone Helpline for information and support or to order any of our publications.
Call: 0808 800 8880
Live chat: www.ndcs.org.uk/livechat
Who we are
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. It works throughout the UK to support families of deaf children, providing clear and balanced information on childhood deafness.