While learning to listen and speak is possible for many children who have hearing loss, there are some children who, for reasons of additional disabilities or other complicating conditions, can learn to listen with technology but may struggle to produce spoken language. What choices should parents and professionals consider when deciding how to best helpContinue reading “Considering Alternative Means of Expressive Communication”
You may have heard rumblings about some legislation popping up in various states around the US regarding language acquisition for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. What are these bills all about and how could they affect your family?
I hear (and see — on social media) this phrase all the time. Parents who choose amplification and listening and spoken language for their children are reminded by not-so-kind strangers, “She’ll always be deaf, you know…”
One common question I hear about children who are deaf but listen and speak with the help of hearing technology is, “But what will he do when the cochlear implant [or hearing aid, or Baha] is off?” What about bath time, swimming time, night time? What if a battery dies or equipment malfunctions? Are those reasonsContinue reading “But What Will He Do When the Hearing Technology Is Off?”
It is so exciting to read about people with hearing loss in the news accomplishing great things. Academic award winners, artists, actors, athletes — their stories raise public awareness about hearing loss and dispel stereotypes about people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Conversely, there are those people with hearing loss who struggle mightily —Continue reading “Aim for the Middle”