Assistive Technology and Early Intervention
Early Intervention is a family-centered program through your county’s health department that provides diagnostic and therapy services, and, in some cases, assistive technology for children from birth through three years of age who have developmental delays or who have a diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay.
This is done at no charge to the family, regardless of income or insurance. Once your child’s hearing loss has been diagnosed, the process of obtaining hearing aids through Early Intervention begins. Your audiologist will recommend that your child is seen by an ear, nose, and throat physician (ENT) to ensure that they are medically cleared for hearing aids. Once the medical clearance is obtained from the physician, your audiologist will meet with you and your child to discuss which hearing aid is most appropriate for your child.
Your child may also have earmold impressions taken that day. The impression process is painless and takes just a few minutes to complete. Once appropriate hearing aids are selected, a request for assistive technology will be sent to your county’s Early Intervention Program. Upon approval, the hearing aids and earmolds will be ordered and a hearing aid fitting will be scheduled for your child. At the hearing aid fitting appointment, you will be taught the care, cleaning, and operation of your child’s hearing aids. A follow-up visit will be scheduled 2-3 weeks later to check on progress.
Further assistive technology visits will be scheduled on a regular basis to monitor your child’s progress and make necessary adjustments to the hearing aids or earmolds. As always, you are encouraged to contact Hear 2 Learn if you have any questions or concerns in between schedule visits.
What are the Different Types of Audiology Visits in EI?
Your child will have both supplemental evaluation visits - to obtain more detailed hearing information and monitor for changes in hearing – and assistive technology visits, which are detailed below.
Assistive Technology Dispensing Agreement for Early Intervention
The dispensing of assistive technology (ie: hearing aids) under Early Intervention involves a set of unique expectations and procedures that are set forth by the New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program. As such, and as a voluntary enrollment program, Hear 2 Learn has adopted this assistive technology agreement to inform families of our expectations for full participation that is in agreement with best practice standards in pediatric audiology.
The form below confirms that you understand and agree to follow the expectations of the Hear 2 Learn Pediatric Audiology Services under Early Intervention.
What’s the Purpose of Assistive Technology Visits in EI?
Assistive technology visits are necessary to ensure that your child’s hearing aids are functioning optimally and your child receives maximum benefit from their hearing aids. These visits may include hearing aid adjustments, real ear measures, earmold impressions. As children grow, especially infants, they will outgrow their earmolds and they will need new earmolds made. In addition, those growing ear canals mean that adjustments need to be made to the hearing aids themselves to ensure that your child is getting just the right amount of sound across the frequency range. Also, hearing aids need to be adjusted whenever there is a change in your child’s hearing, which will be tested on a regular basis.'
What are the Costs Associated With Hearing Healthcare Outside of Early Intervention?
The cost of the hearing aids, earmolds, assistive technology visits and hearing evaluations are covered under Early Intervention; however once a child transitions out of Early Intervention (on or around their third birthday) and into Preschool, these costs become the responsibility of the family. Below is an estimate of the costs associated with hearing healthcare. *It should be noted that this is an estimate only and costs may be subject to change.
- Hearing Evaluation – $335.00
- Earmold – $137.50 each
- Tubing Change - $10.00 each
Questions on Assistive Technology and EI?
Contact your County Health Department, or