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Early intervention for tiny ears
Dal Health researcher advocates for universal hearing screening services for Canadian infants
Canada received a grade of ‘insufficient’ on the recent 2019 Report Card on Canadian Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs, developed by the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF). Dr. Steve Aiken, Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, started the national task force in 2013 and chaired it until last year. The task force advocates for better access to universal hearing services for infants. Nova Scotia fared better, receiving a ‘sufficient’ grade as one of the provinces providing comprehensive early screening and intervention services for infants. Over 96% of Nova Scotia babies receive the screening, as well as a range of other hearing services.
More information, including the Nova Scotia and national report cards, can be found here.
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