Guest Post by John O’Connor: Children and Hearing Loss-There Are No Limitations for People With Hearing Loss

Perfect hearing is something many take for granted until it’s gone. Hearing loss is much more than just deafness or having to wear a hearing aid. Both younger and older adults are at risk of losing their hearing. Babies, toddlers and teens can experience loss of hearing at any stage in life. While some people are born deaf, people can gradually lose their hearing over time. Many would be surprised at how much a child’s hearing can be affected in the earliest stages of their lives.

The loss of at least 16 decibels in the area of low or high frequency hearing in at least one ear is common in children and teens. Fifteen percent of children between 6 and 19 years old have some form or hearing loss. Hearing loss affects the child academically early on in school. Children with hearing problems will have a hard time learning grammar, building a vocabulary, and other important communication skills. Children may be fitted with a hearing aid that directs sound through a microphone. Sign language is the best option for people who are deaf and experiencing significant hearing loss.

Success stories like Tamika Catchings should inspire individuals suffering from hearing loss. Catchings suffered from hearing loss as a child. Her drive and work ethic inspired her to begin working hard on the basketball court. She went on to become an Olympic Gold Medalist and win several WNBA titles as a result of her hard work. Nick Hamilton, a graduate of Kent State University, played four years of baseball at the collegiate level. He maintained a .346 batting average during his final year in school. He has worn a hearing aid for most of his life and relies on lip reading to hear what others to understand what is being said to him. Stories like these show that people who are affected by hearing los can go on to excel in many areas of their life.

EarQ, who is a nationwide supplier of hearing aids, launched a campaign called HearStrong to raise awareness about the many social stigmas linked to hearing loss. The campaign identifies “champions” who have overcome their hearing conditions and encourages them to mentor others with hearing loss. These “HearStrong Champions” act as role models for others learning to live with the condition.

Children should know that their condition doesn’t bar them from participating in sports or excelling in other areas of their lives. Parents should focus on regular screenings to help their children preserve their hearing. If you are a parent, and find that your child has suffered hearing loss, you can talk them through the situation and assure them that there are no limitations on how far they can go in life.

Hi my name is John O’Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman, sports enthusiast and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Check out my new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!

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One thought on “Guest Post by John O’Connor: Children and Hearing Loss-There Are No Limitations for People With Hearing Loss

  1. This is wonderful! I love how passionate you are about this topic, and thank you for posting it! More people in the world need to know this! I am very involved in the Deaf community and having a foot in both worlds, the biggest misconstrued mindset I come across is that of Hearing people believing that “poor Deaf people” can’t do as much in life. We both know that’s a load of bologna 😉 Preach it!

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