The carefree days of being a kid. Hanging with friends, going to school, joining clubs and playing sports. But some children can struggle in the classroom or with these social settings simply because they may not be hearing as they should.
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.
Supply lists, school clothes, physicals – it’s all part of back to school time. But there may be an important item not on your list to get your children classroom ready.
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