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There are so many supportive resources in Minnesota for children with hearing loss and their families. Whether it’s learning about hearing loss, securing services for your child, or finding financial help for hearing aids, all of these resources can help or point you in the right direction.
Hearing Loss Resource Center
709 University Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55104
Toll free (866)857-2329
This is a non-profit organization that provides help and support for deaf or hearing impaired children and their families. The HLRC is supportive of hearing and Deaf culture. They offer a lending library of support materials and connect families of newly-diagnosed hearing impaired children with other families of previously diagnosed children who can answer questions and offer assistance.
Help Me Grow
A program through the MN Dept of Health, Help Me Grow is an early intervention program for infants and toddlers with hearing loss. This organization can help get qualifying children the crucial services they need to thrive, such as speech therapy, PT and OT. Audiology services, assistive technology, and family counseling are just some of the options available. To see if your young child qualifies for these services, you can contact MDH directly or click here for eligibility information.
MN Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Dept of Human Services Administration Building
540 Cedar St, St. Paul, MN 55164
With 6 locations to serve you throughout MN, the DHHS program provides educational materials, online trainings, and information on ASL interpreter services and the MN Telephone Equipment Distribution Program to provide captioned phones for the hearing impaired. Information on emergency preparedness for our volatile MN weather is also provided. Click here to find the location closest to you.
University of Minnesota Hearing Aid Bank
Once hearing loss is diagnosed, it’s important to fit children with hearing aids as soon as possible so they won’t fall behind on speech-language and auditory development. The Hearing Aid Bank is a fantastic resource for families who want to fit their children with temporary amplification while evaluating their options to purchase permanent hearing aids. This agency provides reconditioned hearing aids that can be used for 6 months.
An Oral School for the Deaf
1660 W County Road B
Roseville, MN 55113
Northern Voices is a school that works exclusively with hard of hearing/deaf children from birth to 2-3rd grade. Their goal is to help children with hearing loss gain the skills they need to be in a mainstreamed school with their same-age peers. They work on speech-language and cognitive skills and give families critical information about their child’s education and future.
Here are some great websites of national organizations to help you learn more about hearing loss.
American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
NIDCD Information Clearinghouse
1 Communication Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456