Resources for Parents/Caregivers/Guardians
BC Early Hearing Program – BC has a universal hearing-screening program for newborns. The BC Early Hearing program (BCEHP) is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The goal of the program is to ensure that newborn babies and families across the province receive family-friendly, professional early hearing screening services and support. It provides free screening, follow-up diagnostic assessments, first set of hearing aids, and communication and family supports.
If your baby’s hearing was not screened in the hospital after birth, contact your local health unit. Use our Find a Professional tool to find a public audiology clinic in your area.
Richmond Public Library Hearing Checklist This interactive checklist enables you to check on milestones relating to your child’s hearing, understanding and speaking.
HealthLink BC provides additional information about hearing tests and other issues for children with hearing loss.
Cochlear implants may be an option as a hearing aid device for your child. Check this site for more information.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)’s Identify The Signs provides in-depth information about the importance of early detection.
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) also provides a range of useful resources.
Resources for Adults
HealthLink BC provides information about more than 5000 topics in English and 5 other languages.
Provincial Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services – Provincial Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (PDHHS) is “dedicated to supporting the diverse and multicultural goals of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind individuals and their families within an ASL and English environment.” Visit their website for a list of services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
Western Institute for the Deaf provides information and support about hearing problems and deaf culture.
People who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired (DHHSI) and live in specific communities of B.C. can communicate with 9-1-1 operators using a special text service called Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1).