Do you know a child with hearing loss — perhaps someone like 10-year-old Hunter Martin? The Illinois boy is among the nearly 15% of U.S. children who have a hearing impairment. Fortunately, Hunter got the hearing help he needed. And now he’s become an advocate for other hearing-impaired children, even testifying before the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee in favor of a state law requiring health insurers to cover hearing aids for kids.
That wrapped gift looks innocent enough under the tree. But inside may be a toy so loud, it could harm a child’s hearing. For example, a sing along karaoke toy for kids can clock in at 95 decibels (dB) — similar to the sound generated by a power mower or motorcycle. At 95 dB, a child's hearing can be damaged in approximately 30 minutes.
Discrimination is common in our world today for all sorts of reasons and hearing loss is no exception. Many people face this every day in both professional and personal settings. Hearing loss is known as the "silent disability" because you cannot see someone's hearing loss the same way you can see a prosthetic leg or someone's vision impairment.
Topics: hearing loss, Children and Hearing Loss, physical inactivity, Cochlear Implants, cognitive decline, depression, Hearing Loss in Children, workplace hearing loss, income loss, discrimination, sports, deaf, silent disability, social skills, relationships, self-esteem
We celebrate World Hearing Day every year on March 3rd. Its purpose is to raise awareness about hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care around the world. This year's theme is "Hear the future." The hope is to draw attention to the expected increase in the number of people with hearing loss across the world over the upcoming years.
Topics: noise, hearing loss, children, Children and Hearing Loss, Babies and Hearing Loss, what causes hearing loss, hearing loss causes, excessive noise exposure, noise-induced hearing loss, music, loud noises, Healthy Hearing, World Hearing Day, noise exposure
At the age of 3 months, Alex Mussomeli’s hearing loss was diagnosed, and he was fitted with hearing aids. When he was 3 years old, he received a cochlear implant for his right ear. His mother, Nada, believes Alex’s young age helped him adjust more quickly to the implant.