In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help ensure the safety of clients, families and staff, Child Development Programs (CDP) along with our partner agencies, have worked hard to find new and safe ways to provide supports, resources and services to children and their families. Over the past year, we have been able to continue to assess and provide Family Support and Communication Development Services to families of children identified with permanent hearing loss in various ways. 

We will continue to align with Public Health Guidelines, work with our partner agencies and follow recommendations set by the province in order to help keep everyone safe and minimize the chance of transmission of infections during this time.

WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that, at this time, infants born in the Tri-Region area are able to access a newborn hearing screen through the Infant Hearing Program (IHP) before two months of age. Newborn hearing screening in our area is offered in some hospitals (based on location/availability and hours of birth) and at several community clinic locations.  

Infants up to two months of age (corrected) are eligible to receive a hearing screen at one of our community clinics if they:

  • Are a permanent resident of Ontario and
  • Did not receive a hearing screen at birth in the hospital, or
  • Received a refer result on the hospital screen, and have no risk factors for hearing loss.

For quickest service, book your infant’s newborn hearing screen online by clicking the link provided below. To book by phone or for more information, please call us at 1-888-703-5437 x4.

Newborn Hearing Screen Eligibility and Booking

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, newborn hearing screenings are available at a limited number of community clinic locations. We are working hard to ensure families access the closest community clinic available to them at this time.