First Stop

Minnesota Hands & Voices provides information, support, and referral to families at any point in their journey with a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, but especially for those families just starting on their path.

If this is your first time visiting our website, spend some time exploring these three categories: A Note to Parents, Parent Stories and Frequently Asked Questions. You’ll find answers to general questions, get an idea of what to expect, and learn about the experiences of other parents who have traveled the path before you.

Note to Parents

Parent Stories


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    Oct 26, 2018

    Many of us look forward to the holiday season and all the memory-making activities that go along with family gatherings. Whether your tradition is to gather as a big group with extended family and friends combined, or a smaller intimate group; there are w…[more]

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    MDH Minnesota Department of Health

    Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the practice of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Infants not passing the screening receive diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) laws or voluntary compliance programs that screen hearing.

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