Q. Why is the Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) contacting me, and how did RIHP find out that my baby did not pass his/her hearing screening at birth?
A. As of 2004, Ohio law requires that all Ohio hospitals and birthing centers offer Universal Newborn Hearing Screening. These hearing screening reports must be sent by the birthing hospital to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Then the ODH sends these reports to your local Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP). RIHP is responsible for contacting Ohio families whose babies did not pass the infant hearing screening. RIHP helps and encourages families to pursue further diagnostic hearing testing for their newborns.
Q. Which communication option works best for a child with a hearing loss?
A. All options can be successful. Choose the option that works best for your child and family. If you find one communication choice is not working well, choose another option. The important thing to remember is, as a well-informed parent, you know what is best for your child and family.
Q. Where can I find information about national resources?
A. Our website contains a wealth of information regarding national resources. To find exactly what you are looking for as quickly as possible, you can search an alphabetical listing, National Resources (Listed in ABC Order).
Q. What paperwork do I need to have ready when I contact financial assistance organizations?
A. The Financial Assistance section of this website can answer many of your questions! Look for the special link called Helpful Hints when applying to a funding source. Information on contacting SSI, BCMH, Medicaid and other funding sources can be found on this page as well.
Q. What is UNHS?
A. UNHS stands for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening. All infants born in Ohio hospitals or birthing centers have the opportunity to receive hearing screenings before discharge. Technology allows for hearing to be checked at any age, including newborns. The methods used are safe, quick and effective. The hearing screening determines whether a more detailed evaluation of a baby's hearing is needed. For more information, see the Parent Information Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Brochure.
Q. What is electrophysiological testing?
A. Sometimes medical, school and early-intervention staff use words that you've never heard before. At RIHP, we understand how stressful trying to figure out this information can be for families. To help you, we've created a list of helpful terms. See Deaf Terminology. We've even added a section on abbreviations and acronyms.
Q. What is an Individualized Family service Plan (IFSP)?
A. The purpose of the IFSP is to identify and organize resources to support the family's goals for their children and themselves. The IFSP is the interaction, collaboration and partnership between parents and providers, resulting in a written plan that:
- Lists outcomes for individual families and their infant or toddler
- Describes resources/services and their coordination that will support those outcomes
Q. What do the letters "RIHP" stand for?
A. Regional Infant Hearing Program
The Regional Infant Hearing Program is funded partially by a grant through the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services. There are 10 RIHPs in Ohio. Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center's RIHP provides services to two of these regions (Regions five and 10) that include the following 14 counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Homes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Trumbull and Wayne.
Q. What are the choices for communicating with my deaf or hard-of-hearing child?
A. The five choices are:
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Auditory-Oral (AO)
- Auditory-Verbal (AV)
- Cued Speech
- Total Communication (TC)
For detailed information, see the Communication Choices
section of this website. Also, our Resources
section will provide you help with making this important decision.
Q. What are some resources that can help me choose a communication option for my child with hearing loss?
A. Check out the Resources section of this website to find information on national and local resources.
Q. My son/daughter is transitioning to preschool in six months. What is the MFE and IDEA?
A. For more information, see the Glossary of Terminology.
Q. My baby has hearing loss; what should I do?
A. Please contact us at:
Voice: (216) 325-7585
Toll Free: 1 (888) 996-7447 ext. 7585
Fax: (216) 325-7685
Regional Infant Hearing Program
11635 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4319
Q. How many children with hearing loss are born to hearing parents?
A. Ninety to 95 percent of children born with hearing loss have two hearing parents.
Q. How many babies are born with hearing loss?
A. Three to four newborns per 1,000 are diagnosed with hearing loss.
Q. How do I make a referral to the Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP)?
A. To make a referral to RIHP, call (216) 325-7585, toll-free at 1 (888) 996-7447 ext.7585, or email us at RIHP@chsc.org.
Share the child's name, date of birth, parent's name, phone number, address and any information known about the child's hearing loss.
Q. How do I know if my child can enroll in the Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP)?
A. The Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) helps families of all infants and toddlers, ages 0 to 3, diagnosed with permanent hearing loss in one or both ears.
Q. How much does the Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) cost?
A. Regional Infant Hearing Program's (RIHP) services are free to families.