During the month of September, Healthy Hearing will be featuring different bloggers in the hearing loss community. From individuals with cochlear implants to parents of children with hearing loss, we'll take a closer look at some of the top blogs and resources available to you! On Tuesday, we highlighted bloggers 'Living with implants.' Additionally, each Friday we will have a featured author, an individual who has published a book about their experiences with hearing loss. Make sure to visit Healthy Hearing's Facebook and Twitter pages to enter to win a copy of each book!
While it's hard to pinpoint exactly how many children are affected by hearing loss, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that anywhere from two to five out of every 1,000 children have some degree of hearing loss. Despite rigorous hearing evaluation and screening requirements at birth, hearing loss in children can remain undiagnosed for some time.
The good news is through technological advancements, hearing loss can be improved by hearing aid fitting and sometimes cochlear implants. The following bloggers are parents chronicling their journey to raise a child with hearing loss. Some of them have a hearing child and a child affected by hearing loss, while others have children who are completely deaf. Each parent details the path they have taken to help their child hear and experience the world around them.
Our Journey is a blog which follows the childhood of a little boy named Aiden. Aiden was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears at birth. His mother writes the blog as a way not only to express her feelings, but to keep friends, relatives and family updated on the progress and treatment plan for Aiden. Additionally, Our Journey seeks to provide information and comfort to other families whose children are deaf or hard of hearing. At 10 and a half months old, Aiden was simultaneously implanted with cochlear implants. Now, at four years old, AIden is meeting the proper milestones and developing the same social skills as other children his age.
Hear Me ... Hear Me Not ... is a blog started by Deb, the mother of a 16-year-old boy, AC. AC has a mild to moderate hearing loss which wasn't diagnosed until he was four years old. For the last five years his parents have used the blog as an opportunity to open their experiences and feelings related to hearing loss to the public. Much of the blog also looks back at the previous years and what it has taken to get AC and the family to the place they are now. Deb writes that the goal of Hear Me ... Hear Me Not ... is to serve as a resource to others in similar situations, be a support group for herself and others, provide a means for her to log things and contribue some way in breaking down the stigma and negative labeling attached with hearing loss.
Making deaf children matter is slightly different from the other bloggers highlighted above. This blog is written by Ian, a man living in the UK who has been profoundly deaf since birth. With his own perspective on children and hearing loss, Ian writes Making deaf children matter to bring attention to the need for more programs and support for children with deafness and hearing loss. As an employee for the National Deaf Children's Society, Ian helps look after policy, research and campaigns. Because of his job and his personal experience with hearing loss, Ian's blog is dedicated to helping others recognize and understand the need for further attention and program development for kids in the hearing loss community. Making deaf children matter is an excellent resource for individuals seeking more information on the rights and needs of children with hearing loss.