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A disruption in the normal hearing process that may occur in the outer, middle, or inner ear, which prevents sound waves from being converted to electrical signals and nerve impulses from being transmitted to the brain to be interpreted. Included are conductive hearing loss that results from abnormalities of the external ear and/or the ossicles of the middle ear; sensorineural hearing loss that results from malfunction of inner ear structures (i.e., cochlea); and central auditory dysfunction that results from damage or dysfunction at the level of the eighth cranial nerve, auditory brain stem, or cerebral cortex. Hearing loss may be present at birth (congenital) or become evident later in life (acquired); and may or may not preclude the normal development of language. The severity of hearing loss is measured in decibles (dB). The threshold or 0 dB mark for each frequency refers to the level at which typical young adults perceive a tone burst 50% of the time. Hearing is considered normal if an individual's thresholds are within 15 dB of normal thresholds. Severity of hearing loss is graded as mild (26-40 dB), moderate (41-55 dB), moderately severe (56-70 dB), severe (71-90 dB) and profound (90 dB).

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Access Grant ProgramProgram activities include, but are not limited to the following:Adaptive modifications such as ramps, lifts, door widening, visual door bells, audio phones, visual phone signalers, etc. that will improve the ability of a person with disabilities to enter and exit the home. Adaptive modifications, such as widening hallways, lowering the kitchen counters, enlarging bathrooms, or adding grab bars that will increase the ability of a person with disabilities to perform activities of daily living. Other adaptive modifications that will enable a person with a disability to remain in the home and prevent institutionalization. These funds may not be used to modify units owned or operated by public housing authorities or a facility licensed by DPW or Department of Health (DOH) for support services; for relocation expenses; for escrowing purposes to return the unit to its original condition.ColumbiaColumbia County Housing and Redevelopment AuthorityColumbia County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the DeafHelps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to fully participate in mainstream society. Alexander Graham Bell Association for the DeafAlexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
American Speech Language Hearing Association - Action CenterA nation-wide helpline providing information on detection and treatment of speech and hearing problems. Can refer caller to local speech pathologists and audiologists. Will send out information about speech and hearing free of charge.DauphinAmerican Speech Language Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech Language Hearing Association
Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services - Information and ReferralProviding contact information for hearing loss.BerksBerks Deaf and Hard of Hearing ServicesBerks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Christ the King Lutheran Church for the DeafChrist the King Lutheran Church for the Deaf is a congregation of deaf and hearing-impaired parishioners and families worshipping and meeting the needs of the West Chester deaf community.ChesterChrist The King Lutheran Church For The Deaf - Chester; West ChesterChrist The King Lutheran Church For The Deaf
Clarke Pennsylvania Auditory/Oral Center - Early Intervention Services for Children with Hearing LossThe experienced staff at Clarke Pennsylvania helps families as they discover how to enrich their baby's life with meaningful sound and language in the Early Intervention program for children ages 0-3. A supportive home environment is as essential as a solid educational foundation in helping children with hearing loss become independent individuals in a hearing world. Clarke Pennsylvania staff come into the home and give parents confidence as they make decisions about educating their child. Clarke Pennsylvania focuses on the needs of the child as well as the family.PhiladelphiaClarke Schools for Hearing and Speech--Clarke Philadelphia- PhiladelphiaClarke Schools for Hearing and Speech--Clarke Philadelphia
Deaf & Hard of Hearing ServicesPromote the concerns that affect the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in the four-state area of Western Maryland, the Northern and Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, South Central Pennsylvania, and North Western Virginia. Formed in November 1986, Deafnet provides a mechanism for people with hearing loss to advocate for the improvement of existing services and the creation of new ones. Deafnet is supported by people who, like you, are interested in making our community accessible to the Deaf or Hard of Hearing population and receives no federal or state funding. Deafnet provides sign language classes, interpreting and advocacy for the deaf. Training on the use of TTY's as well as on the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is also provided.FranklinDeafnet Association, IncDeafnet Association, Inc
Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre - Information and ReferralThe Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC) is dedicated to providing information to Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals and their family and friends, to assist them in obtaining needed services and technology and in making informed decisions.DelawareDeaf-Hearing Communications Centre, Inc - Delaware; SwarthmoreDeaf-Hearing Communication Centre
Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre - Interpreter ServicesDHCC was the first agency in the area to provide quality interpreting services. We have an excellent reputation and a long list of satisfied customers including hospitals, government departments, colleges/universities and businesses.DelawareDeaf-Hearing Communications Centre, Inc - Delaware; SwarthmoreDeaf-Hearing Communication Centre
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech Summer ProgramSummer program providing speech language services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Special Education services provided: individual speech and language services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing provided by certified speech and language pathologists. This provider is willing to implement an IEP developed in another program if the space is available. If the fees are not covered by insurance provider or school district, the parents will be responsible for the fee.AlleghenyDePaul School for Hearing and SpeechDePaul School for Hearing and Speech
Disability Empowerment Center - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Case Management ServicesCase management services: - Team case management services are provided with other human service agencies to assist any person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing who is unable to advocate for himself or herself to get needed services (such as housing, mental health services, emergency crisis management, health care, etc.) - Consultation services regarding legal rights and responsibilities in service provision to deaf persons as outlined by state and federal laws. - Consultation/Advocacy for parents of deaf children regarding their educational rights - Public video phoneLancasterDisability Empowerment Center - LancasterDisability Empowerment Center
Hearing Loss Association of America - PittsburghA monthly Mar Apr May Sept Oct Nov support group for the deaf and hard of hearing that is associated with the Hearing Loss Association of America. Topics the group covers include emotional support, educational resources and public awareness. They work on helping find solutions to the obstacles that people with hearing loss are confronted with on a daily basis.AlleghenyHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State OfficeHearing Loss Association of America
Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (Bucks)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsBucksHLA-PA Bucks County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA)Hearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (Chester)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsChesterHLA-PA Chester County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA)Hearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (Delaware)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsDelawareHLA-PA Delaware County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA) - Delaware; Glen MillsHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (NE Philadelphia)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsMontgomeryHLA-PA Philadelphia Chapter (Suburban/Northeast) (Hearing Loss Association of PA) - Montgomery; Huntingdon ValleyHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
Hearing Loss Association of PA - Montgomery County ChapterServices include: Support and advocacy for Pennsylvanians with Hearing LossMontgomeryHLA-PA Montgomery County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA) - Montgomery; Lafayette HillHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
Lancaster Association for the DeafA night club/bar for deaf persons that provides refreshments and an opportunity for socialization. The main mode of communication is sign language.LancasterLancaster Association for the DeafLancaster Association for the Deaf
Lancaster Center of the Deaf and Hard of HearingServices include: - Client Services - Sign Language Classes - Fundraising Events - Interpreting Services - Assistive Devices - Workshops - Educational programs and training - Advocacy - Daily Activities Assistance including health benefits and employment - Monthly Newsletter - Referrals - Collaborations - Youth Transition services - Barrier free communication access and environment - Domestic Violence (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)LancasterLancaster Center of the Deaf and Hard of HearingBerks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education CenterProvides information, training and technical assistance to parents and professionals caring for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education CenterLaurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living)The only organization in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to assisting persons with all types of disabilities. Provides community outreach and education, independent living skills, information on adaptive technologies/equipment, advocacy, information and referral, peer support, sign language interpreter referral service and specialized housing search and support. Provides information on programs that will pay for home modifications (to increase accessibility). Transportation Connect individuals with disabilities who are homeless to shelters LehighLVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center For Independent Living)LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center For Independent Living)
National Institute on Deafness and other Communication DisordersProvides free information on hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language disorders. Free Publications Information for general public and professionals. National Institute on Deafness and other Communication DisordersNational Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders
Overbrook School for the Blind - Deaf Blind ServicesOverbrook School for the Blind serves children with deafblindness in all of their out- reach and educational programs. Teachers in the Early Intervention Outreach Program work closely with teachers of the deaf and hearing impaired to provide a complete program to meet the sensory needs of infants and toddlers who have both a vision and hearing loss. Teachers from our Early Childhood Out Reach Program, provide services in preschool or home based settings for children in Philadelphia who do not attend Overbrook. On campus the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School and School to Work Programs all serve children with deafblindness. By providing services in this way, rather than a separate program, the diverse needs of the students can be met in an age appropriate environment. Our on-campus students with deafblindness range in age from 3-21 and have very different educational needs based on the degree of vision and hearing loss and additional disabilities. Each student’s program focuses on using a communication and amplification program specifically designed to them. Many of our students use an oral/aural approach using speech as communication while other students may use visual or tactile sign language, touch or object cues, or other augmentative communication systems or devices. Classroom teachers work closely with each student’s family, PT, OT, and Speech therapist to develop an appropriate system and instructional program. Students and staff also receive additional support from the Pennsylvania Deafblind Project, Hand In Hand. An Educational Consultant provides technical assistance and training for staff both on and off campus as well as working with families. For families, the Deafblind Project provides a computer listserv so that parents can communicate with each other over the internet, self paced home training modules to educate parents about the loss of vision and hearing, sponsorship for parents to attend conferences and trainings, and an annual family weekend for families to get together for fun and learning. The project also provides in-service training to Overbrook staff and to support Overbook’s professional development program. PhiladelphiaOverbrook School for the Blind - Philadelphia; OverbrookOverbrook School for the Blind
PAHrtners Deaf Services - EastOffers a wide-range of behavioral, developmental and therapeutic support programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in an environment free of cultural or language barriers. The individuals they serve have psychological and/or behavioral health needs; some have intellectual disabilities.  Most of their staff members are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH).  Therefore, nearly all PAHrtners employees are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and versed in Deaf culture. Services include: - Blended Case Management - Outpatient psychiatric services - Partial Hospitalization Program - Residential Treatment Facility (ages 12-21 years) - Adult Residential ProgramMontgomeryPAHrtner Deaf Services - EastSalisbury Behavioral Health
PAHrtners Deaf Services - WestOffers a wide-range of behavioral, developmental and therapeutic support programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in an environment free of cultural or language barriers. The individuals they serve have psychological and/or behavioral health needs; some have intellectual disabilities.  Most of their staff members are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH).  Therefore, nearly all PAHrtners employees are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and versed in Deaf culture. Services include: - Blended Case Management - Outpatient psychiatric services - Partial Hospitalization Program - Residential Treatment Facility (ages 12-21 years) - Adult Residential ProgramAlleghenyPAHrtners Deaf Services - WestSalisbury Behavioral Health
Roads to Freedom - Deaf and Hard of Hearing ServicesThe Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA, offers:
  • Resources/training related to language translation, housing, income benefits, mobility/transportation, education, communication, assistive technology, advocacy, budgeting, household management, mentoring, and socialization/recreation geared toward persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Sign Language Instruction
  • Assistance with obtaining an Interpreter/Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)
  • Instruction of the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual
  • Public awareness/sensitivity training regarding persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Information about Videophones/Video Relay Interpreting Services and resources on how to go about getting a videophone
  • Assistance with getting equipment via the TDDP such as a TTY, CapTel, amplified telephone, etc.
A New Start program through Roads to Freedom, an Assistive Technology reuse/recycle program, may be able to provide donated equipment.
LycomingRoads to Freedom - Independent Living ProgramRoads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
Starkey Hearing Foundation ServicesEducates the public on the importance of hearing check ups and distributes hearing aids to needy individuals in the United States and abroad. The Hear Now program assists individuals permanently residing the in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing and have no other resources to acquire hearing aids. The Hearing Angel program conducts hearing missions which deliver more than 100,000 hearing aids to children each year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam. The hearing aid recycling program accepts all makes and models of hearing aids, refurbishes them and distributes them to individuals through a volunteer network of hearing professionals. The Sound Matters campaign is dedicated to raising social awareness of healthy hearing, prevention of hearing damage, and regular hearing check-ups. Starkey Hearing FoundationStarkey Hearing Foundation
Trutone Hearing Aid Center - Medical Equipment/ SuppliesProvides hearing testing, repair, and aid equipment.DelawareTRUTONE HEARING AID CENTERTruTone Hearing Aid Center
United Cerebral Palsy Association - Adult ServicesAdult Services works to maximize an individual's independence and inclusion in the community by increasing vocational opportunities, strengthening independent living skills, and improving social competencies. Adult Services programs are available to individuals over the age of 18 with physical and developmental disabilities, and a variety of visual, hearing, speech, and learning impairments. Services are provided to adults with cerebral palsy, autism, head trauma, Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, mental health difficulties, a diagnosis of mental retardation, or any condition that limits a person's independence. Adult Development Program and OPTIONS as well as the Adult Training ProgramPhiladelphiaUnited Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia - Philadelphia; Chestnut HillUnited Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf - Summer CampWestern Pennsylvania School for the Deaf summer camp is an 5-day, overnight camp for children with hearing loss and offers several opportunities to serve your child in a deaf-friendly environment. Explore robots, a rope course, and News Channel 4. Compete in SportsWorks, Olympics, and Skyzone. Try rowing, hiking, and biking. Meet ASL guests. Cool off at Sandcastle.AlleghenySummer ProgramsSummer Programs
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf - Summer CampsThe Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) has two camps, one overnight and one day-camp for children with loss. Both Amazing Adventures and Imaginasium Overnight Camp provide children with activities and fun camping experiences.AlleghenyWestern Pennsylvania School for the DeafWestern Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
York Association of the DeafA recreational and social club for the deaf and hearing impaired; holds athletic events, meetings, movies, picnics, etc.YorkYork Association of the DeafYork Association of the Deaf

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