Early Intervention Success: Zade Enjoys TV and Using the Phone
Zade was born July 14, 2011 in Round Rock, Texas and did not pass his initial birth hearing screening for either ear before his discharge. Since his birthing facility provides out-patient screening, he was scheduled for an out-patient rescreening and the results were the same. His diagnostic evaluation with a community-based pediatric audiologist confirmed Zade would need hearing aids in both ears to assist in his language learning and communication abilities.
Zade’s parents had some knowledge about the issues surrounding his hearing deficit. Although they did not expect to have a severely hard of hearing newborn, there are relatives on both sides of the family who are hard of hearing and deaf. Zade’s maternal grandparents are deaf, but their deafness was not thought to be hereditary.
Being a CODA (child of deaf adults), Zade’s mom, April, knew her son’s language and communication abilities would be impacted if they did not follow through with diagnostics and services if he were indeed hard of hearing or deaf. Zade’s father, Paco, is deaf but was not diagnosed until he was two years of age. Paco has several relatives who are hard of hearing and deaf but Paco is the first in the family to have a child with an audiological diagnosis. Without genetic testing, confirmation of a gene factor will remain unknown.
Zade began wearing his first set of hearing aids before he was three months old, well before TEHDI’s 1-3-6 goal: Month 1 – Hearing Screening; Month 3 – Diagnosis; and Month 6 – Intervention. With his new hearing aids, he can use the phone and enjoy television more.
Zade is being evaluated to see if he will receive additional benefit from an assistive listening device to work in conjunction with his hearing aids to improve, not only telephone communication, but computer and television interaction as well. If not, the type of amplified phone that will benefit him most will be evaluated. Whichever (device or phone) proves to be the most beneficial, it will be obtained through the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services’ Specialized Telecommunication Assistance Program (DHHS STAP) at no cost to the family. He also is receiving services through another DARS service, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) to help prevent any developmental delays.
Zade posed for the initial picture of him pointing to promote a national project, EHDI – PALS (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – Pediatric Audiologists Links to Services), a web-based listing of pediatric audiologists to help healthcare providers and parents find appropriate audiogical services. In the picture on the right, Zade is hugging the TEHDI bear given to him as a thank you gift for his promotional pose to help others like him be identified and provided appropriate intervention services as early as possible.