Welcome to the Infant Hearing Program of Eastern Ontario

The Infant Hearing Program screens all Ontario newborns under 2 months of age.


How can I get my baby’s hearing screened?

Birthing hospitals and midwives send your contact information to us. We try to call you within the first few days of baby’s life.

It’s important that we talk to you as soon as possible so that we can book an appointment before your baby is 1 month old. If your baby is more than 4 days old and you have not yet heard from us, please call us right away.

Call 613-688-3979 ext. 3453 or toll-free at 1-866-HEAR-IHP (1-866-432-7447). We will do our best to schedule an appointment at a location and time that works for you.

The screening is free, fast, reliable and does not hurt the baby in any way.


How is my child’s speech and language developing?

The First Words Communication Checkup online screening tool lets you screen your child’s global development starting at 6 months of age.

The tool screens for the following areas of development:

  • Fine motor
  • Gross motor
  • Speech and language
  • Social communication
  • Signs that your child may be developing differently

Get instant results and specific next steps for your child’s development.  If your child needs support for the development, you will be provided with all the information you need to get started!

Sign up for an email reminder.

Make sure your child’s development is on track! Get an email reminder to come back in 6 months to complete the First Words Communication Checkup online screening.  


Why is early screening so important?

About 4 in 1,000 babies in Ontario will have hearing loss at birth or before the age of 5. Having a permanent hearing loss can cause delays in your baby’s language development. This can lead to behavioural and emotional problems and, later on, to problems in school.

When a hearing loss is found early, children get the support they need to learn to communicate.

The Infant Hearing Program of Eastern Ontario (IHP) has many great partners.  We work with local hospitals and community providers to ensure children identified with Permanent Hearing Loss have access to the services and supports they need.  Through the IHP, these children can see audiologists for assessment and assistive technology. We can help them learn to communicate using sign language (ASL or LSQ) or spoken language (AVTa).

Our Family Support Worker can answer your questions. We can also give you information and connect you to many services.


For more information on the program, visit the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Infant Hearing Program.