Skip all navigation Skip to page navigation

DHHS Home | Assistance | Divisions | About DHHS | DHHS Contacts

NC Department of Health and Human Services
N.C. DPH: Women's and Children's Health Section
N.C. Public Health Home

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

Resources: Finding and Obtaining Services

Find professionals to work with your child such as audiologists, speech therapists, and teachers. Find information about how to get your child the services they need. Learn about your child’s education rights.


Early Hearing Detection and Intervention-Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) is a web-based link to information, resources, and services for children with hearing loss. At the heart of EHDI-PALS is a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to children who are younger than five years of age. Visit this site if you child’s immediate need is: 1) a hearing test, 2) a sedated hearing test, 3) hearing aid services, or, 4) cochlear implant services.

NOTE: EHDI-PALS can be used to located services anywhere in the country, including North Carolina. 

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center is a federally funded program on the campus of Gallaudet University that provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children birth to age 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) serves as the National Resource Center for all Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. Every state and territory in the United States has now established an EHDI program. Program staff can help you locate services in their state. State EHDI Program website addresses can be found at this link.

 North Carolina

Agencies that Connect Families with Services

Children with Special Health Care Needs Help Line (1-800-737-3028) is a toll-free contact for those living with, caring for, or concerned about a child with special health care needs. Callers can learn about health care programs as well as funding resources available to North Carolina residents.

Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSDHH) is a non-profit agency that works on the local level to empower and inspire change through community outreach and advocacy. Includes information about captioning, interpreters, sign language classes, silent dinners, and the T.A.G. Mentoring Program.

The Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) works to ensure that all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind North Carolinians have the ability to communicate their needs and to receive information easily and effectively in all aspects of their lives, especially their health and well-being. Services are provided through its seven North Carolina regional centers. Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind individuals, family members, professionals, agencies and individuals seeking information or assistance have access to these services for no charge.

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) is dedicated to empowering families and improving lives, particularly for North Carolina families raising children ages 0 to 26 with disabilities. As a non-profit organization operated by and staffed primarily with parents of children with disabilities, we understand the needs of families as they navigate the special education process.

North Carolina Association for the Deaf (NCAD) is a non-profit organization founded that oversees important educational, civil, health and social issues of deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind citizens in NC.

North Carolina Public Schools, Exceptional Children Division, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Statewide System of Support serves as a support to local education agencies, including charter schools, and the two schools for the deaf. Consultants for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program are available for consultation in program planning and development, training, mentoring and technical assistance that lead to a quality education for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

North Carolina Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program provides assistance and education to hospitals, medical providers, and others. It supports families by connecting them to available resources and helping them get the care their baby needs.

NCCARE360 is the first statewide network that unites health care and human services organizations with a shared technology that enables a coordinated, community-oriented, person-centered approach for delivering care in North Carolina. NCCARE360 helps providers electronically connect those with identified needs to community resources and allow for feedback and follow up.

CODA Connections, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit established to serve Deaf families and children. This organization connects Deaf families and children to critical resources to ensure each family member reaches their full potential. Aside from financial and resource support, they provide educational workshops, mentorship, community events, advocacy, workforce development, peer group engagement, interpreting services and serve as a wholistic resource for the Deaf community. The programs and services bridge the communication divide between the Deaf and hearing world, connecting them as one and doing so with heart.

Direct Service Providers

AAC/AT Interdisciplinary Assessment Team Initiative is an ongoing project to establish a network of school-based teams that have the capacity and capabilities to effectively assess children with significant communication difficulties and to determine their need for alternative or augmentative communication systems or devices.

Children's Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) are available to help families, caregivers, and professionals serve children with special needs through the NC Infant- Toddler Program.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Hearing Impairments (ELSSP-HI) - This program is within the NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division and is a state-funded program providing direct services by licensed teachers of the deaf to infants and toddlers with hearing impairments ages birth to 3 years of age and their families. Services are provided in the child's natural learning environment, including homes and childcare settings.

North Carolina Infant Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation Site List provides information on North Carolina infant diagnostic audiologic evaluation sites that have the trained staff, equipment and ability to perform a complete evaluation per the guidelines approved by the NC Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Board (October 2012).

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) (Wilson Campus) provides individualized comprehensive educational, vocational, and residential programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind students leading to productive, independent, and successful lives.

North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) - Western (Morganton Campus) is a day/residential facility for the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing holding dual accreditations from the Council of Educational Administrators for Schools for the Deaf (CEASD) and Advanced Education. NCSD boasts a rich, 125-year history, honoring tradition and culture, and improving academic and postsecondary outcomes for its students.

Additional Resources


This Resource List is provided by the North Carolina Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program and its partners including members from the Burke County Learning Community, service agencies, family support organizations, and parents of children with special healthcare needs as a service for individuals who wish to locate pediatric audiology resources in their local area, statewide, and nationally. The NC EHDI Program makes no warranty of the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of this information, and shall not be liable for any decision made in reliance on this information. It is the user's responsibility to verify this information.