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Hearing Services

Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
Email: clinicalservices@baltimorecountymd.gov
Phone:
410-887-6443
TTY users call Maryland Relay

Highlights: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

In observance of May being designated Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free hearing screenings for Baltimore County employees and residents. 

All screenings are by appointment only.  Please call 410-887-6443 to schedule your appointment. Hearing screenings are available on the following dates only:

Monday, May 5 or Friday, May 16
Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Main Conference Room
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Wednesday, May 7 or Wednesday, May 14 (two locations, both dates)
Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133

Find more information on making a hearing screening appointment (PDF)

Do You Need Services?

If you or a loved one is having trouble hearing or speaking, we can help!

Signs of Hearing Loss

Have your hearing tested if:

  • You think other people mumble or speak too softly
  • You have trouble following conversation in a noisy room
  • You have ringing in your ears
  • You avoid situations or places because it is too hard to hear
  • Others complain that the TV or radio is too loud

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Guidelines For Children

Below is a guide to see if your child's hearing and speaking skills are like other children.

Hearing and Understanding

  • Birth to One Year
    • Looks at you when you talk (three to six months) 
    • Looks up or comes to you when you call his/her name (two to six months)
  • One Year to Two Years
    • Points to body parts when asked
    • Responds to "no"
  • Two Years to Three Years
    • Follows simple directions such as "Get your shoe"
    • Points to pictures in a book when you say the name
  • Three Years to Four Years
    • Follows simple directions such as "Get your shoe"
    • Points to pictures in a book when you say the name
  • Four Years to Five Years
    • Follow two to three step directions
    • Understands words like "them, they, him, her, his"

Speech

  • Birth to One Year
    • Laughs (zero to three months)
    • Uses a series of sounds like "bababa" (three to six months)
    • Appears to be talking (nine to 12 months)
  • One Year to Two Years
    • Uses 10 to 20 words
    • Imitates many new words when you talk to her/him
  • Two Years to Three Years
    • Uses two word sentences like "more juice," "want ball"
    • Answers simple questions like "What do you do when you're hungry?"
    • Uses plurals like "Two books"
  • Three Years to Four Years
    • Talks in four to five word sentences
    • Counts to 10
    • Tells about pictures in books or about a drawing like "I made a red bird"
  • Four Years to Five Years
    • Says most sounds correctly except: s, z, th and r
    • Speaks in complete sentences which most people understand

Audiology (Hearing) Services

Maryland licensed and certified Audiologists provide comprehensive hearing testing to Baltimore County residents, from newborns through senior citizens on a sliding fee schedule according to income. Audiologist provide hearing aid recommendations as well as fitting and orientation.

Audiologists provide hearing screenings and consultation upon request and work closely with the Baltimore County Department of Aging to conduct hearing screenings and in-services at Baltimore County Senior Centers. Audiologists also collaborate with the Baltimore County Fire Department, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Infants and Toddlers Program and community residential programs for adult developmental delayed citizens to coordinate services.

Referrals are accepted from any source. Citizens who have limited income and cannot afford services from a private office are welcome. Children zero to three years of age who are enrolled in the Baltimore County Infants and Toddlers Program, the services are at no cost to the family.

Appointments

To schedule an appointment, call one of the following locations below Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of services is based on a sliding scale fee.

Eastern Family Resource Center
Phone:
410-887-6443
Fax: 410-574-7629

Liberty Family Resource Center
Phone: 410-887-0611
Fax: 410-887-0713

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Revised April 18, 2014

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