_Finding out

Your baby has hearing loss

Having your baby diagnosed with hearing loss can be scary, upsetting and sometimes overwhelming. Chime are here to help with advice, information and support.

_ Dealing with

Hearing loss diagnosis

If you have a baby who has been diagnosed with hearing loss you may be feeling frightened, worried and alone. For some parents coming to terms with a diagnosis can be difficult if you are unsure of what lies ahead for your child. But know that you are not alone. Chime is here with you every step of the way, from advice and guidance to support and reassurance, we are ready to help.

The majority of children who are diagnosed as Deaf or Hard of Hearing are born to hearing parents, so you may have very little knowledge or experience of hearing loss. It is possible that when you were given the diagnosis you didn’t fully take in what the professional was saying. Rest assured Chime has supports in place to help you through this journey.

It may help to speak to a professional who can explain the diagnosis further, or you might like to speak to other parents who have been down this path already with their own children. Chime can support you with connections, advice and services that could help to put you at ease.

_Discover our

Newly Diagnosed Weekends

Chime’s Newly Diagnosed Weekends are held twice a year and are designed to support you through information about issues such as communication, child development, hearing aids and assistive technology, as well as much, much more. The weekends also give you a chance to meet other families following the same path and find answers to any questions you may have. Find out more about our Newly Diagnosed Weekends here.


You and your baby

Chime is here to help and support you along your journey. Just follow these links to find out more about what we can do for you

  • Meet other parents and talk to our experts at our Newly Diagnosed Weekends.


  • Chat with parents following the same path as you, share experiences and discover a circle of support.

    See Parent & Toddler social group page.

  • Our Children and Family Team host a range of events around education and information as well as social meet ups.


  • Run by parents for parents, Our New Ears is dedicated to supporting families of children with hearing loss.

  • If you or a family member is feeling overwhelmed or is finding coming to terms with a new diagnosis challenging, our Social Work Team is here to help.


_Find out more in our

Understanding hearing loss in childhood brochure 

This brochure has been designed to answer your questions around hearing loss. You can download it here.

_Find out more about 

Irish Sign Language

If you want to communicate with someone who uses Irish Sign Language (ISL), you can pick up some phrases and words here. 

_You are not alone

Get connected

Sharing stories and experiences, meeting people following the same path and hearing from parents who have been where you are, can really help you to find your way on this journey. Chime host a range of social events designed to help you to get to know other parents and children, to make friends and have fun. You can find out more here.