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Infant Hearing Program

Children’s Centre Thunder Bay is the lead agency and the coordinator for the Northern Ontario Infant Hearing program. There are three components of this program, which includes a universal neonatal screening of all infants born in the District of Thunder Bay, audiology services, and communication development for those children identified with permanent hearing loss between the ages of birth and 6 years. This program provides services with funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services at no additional cost to families.

All infants born in the District of Thunder Bay receive:

Stage 1 Screening

Parents are offered a hearing screening for their infant in the hospital before being discharged following birth. If this does not occur, parents will be contacted to set up a hearing screening.

Stage 2 Screening

A second hearing screening is performed on infants who receive a referral as a result of the first hearing screening.

Audiology Services

If an infant has been referred following the first two hearing screenings, an appointment with an audiologist will be made for further testing. An assessment will provide more

in-depth information than the previous screenings, and may require multiple visits.

For more information, or to make a referral for services, please call the Access Network at 1-855-486-5037, or Children's Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000.

To learn more about the Infant Hearing Program, please visit the website for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.