As of April 1, 2022, Toronto Public Health is no longer providing Preschool Speech and Language, Blind-Low Vision and Infant Hearing programs. These programs have moved from Toronto Public Health to Surrey Place. To make a referral or for more information, please contact Surrey Place at 416-925-5141. Learn more about this change.
The first months and years of a child’s life are very important for developing language. Undetected hearing loss is one of the causes of delayed speech and spoken language development which can lead to behavioural, cognitive and emotional challenges.
Most children who are deaf or hard of hearing, whose hearing loss is identified early, and who receive the support they need have a better chance of developing effective oral and/or visual language skills.
The Infant Hearing Program provides services and resources to families, to support the healthy development of their child from birth until age six or school entry.
Parents living in the Toronto area will be offered free hearing screening for their children before they leave the hospital. A number of infant hearing clinics are available for those children who were not screened and for those who need a follow-up appointment.
Infant Hearing Program audiologists conduct audiologic assessments. Children identified with a hearing loss will be referred to a physician for medical investigation and management where indicated.
Infant Hearing Program audiologists select and fit hearing technology that will best meet the child’s needs. Follow-up audiology assessments and hearing technology evaluations are provided on a regular basis.
Family Support Workers provide families with counselling, support and general information about community agencies. They provide information about the different communication options available for a family with a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
The Infant Hearing Program provides family-centred services that may include:
To access these services in Toronto, contact Surrey Place . For services in other regions, please visit the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.