Contact one of these organizations for more information about hearing loss.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
TTY: (800) 241-1055
A component of the National Institutes of Health that supports and conducts research on the processes involved in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language with the goal of helping those who have a communication disorder. The Web site contains information on hearing disorders as well as links to other organizations and sources of information dealing with hearing impairment. Free publications on hearing impairment and other communication disorders can be ordered by contacting the institute.
American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery
The world’s largest academy representing ear, nose, and throat specialists. Their Web site contains information on a variety of health topics involving the ears, such as noise exposure and hearing aids. Some information is also available in Spanish. There is a “Find an Otolaryngologist” feature, which can search for a physician by name, location, or subspecialty.
American Academy of Audiology
(800) AAA-2336 (222-2336)
The world’s largest professional organization of audiologists. The Web site has “Consumer Guides” on a number of hearing-related topics, including information about how to purchase hearing aids and how to cope with hearing loss. It also has several guides in Spanish. The Web site also includes a section of frequently asked questions about audiologists and a “Find an Audiologist” feature that can search for an audiologist by location both within and outside the United States.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The Web site provides links to a variety of organizations that sponsor self-help groups for people with hearing and balance disorders. It also has information about hearing loss, hearing loss screening, and hearing loss treatment, as well as a “Find a Professional” feature searchable by specialty, location, language of practitioner, and age of the person seeking treatment.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
The component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that makes recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The Noise and Hearing Loss prevention section of the Web site gives information on how to protect hearing in the workplace and also provides links to a variety of other resources for hearing health.