Partners & Committees

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Committee Updates

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH)

JCIH was established in 1969 and is composed of representatives from audiology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, and nursing. The Committee was charged with a two-fold responsibility: first, to make recommendations concerning the early identification of children with, or at-risk for hearing loss and second, newborn hearing screening. Throughout its 50-year history, the Committee explored the complexities of hearing loss and its effect on a child's development, seeking to find newer and better methods to identify and serve the infants and their families. Today, the Joint Committee is comprised of representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, the Council on Education of the Deaf, and Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies. The Committee's primary activity has been publication of position statements summarizing the state of the science and art in infant hearing, and recommending the preferred practice in early identification and appropriate intervention of newborns and infants at risk for or with hearing loss.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA)

DHHA is a coalition of consumer and professional organizations. The purpose of DHHA is to focus on federal public policy that can improve the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and all people with hearing loss. The DHHA’s major objective is to provide a forum whereby relevant information can be shared, plans made and actions taken for collaborative and mutually supportive efforts. The DHHA implements actions approved by its membership.

Other Members of DHHA: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), Council of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID), Hands & Voices, Hearing Health Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), International Hearing Society (IHS), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), National Cued Speech Association, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc (TDHH).