May is Better Hearing Month: Children and Hearing Loss

May is Better Hearing month and the following is a guest post from John O’ Connor.

 

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In the past 30 years, the number of people suffering from hearing loss has doubled.  There are 738,000 people in the U.S. who have experienced significant hearing loss.  Hearing is something that people often take for granted.  When people think of hearing loss, they often think of it as condition that only affects the aging population.  People aren’t always aware that the condition can affect toddlers, babies, teenagers and adults.  People can be born deaf or develop hearing problems as they age.

Children of all ages can suffer hearing loss.  Approximately, 15 percent of children between the ages of 6-19 years have suffered some form of hearing loss in at least one ear.  Depending on the severity of the hearing loss, a person can either wear a hearing aid or learn sign language.  A hearing aid allows sound to enter through a microphone and the sound is amplified with a processor, which redirects it into the user’s ear.  The sign language option is for those who are hard of hearing and cannot hear others from any distance.

Children with hearing loss can have a hard time mastering grammar, vocabulary and other communication skills.  Children can be victimized through bullying by their peers in school for having to wear a hearing aid.  Children who have to wear these hearing aids may shy away from pursuing their goals as a result of the condition.  Children may be empowered by stories of people with hearing loss who have gone on to do great things despite their condition.  Musician Pete Townshend was an accomplished songwriter and guitarist for The Who.  He suffers from partial deafness and tinnitus caused by constant exposure to loud music.  Tamika Catchings suffered from hearing loss as a child.  She went on to become an Olympic Gold Medalist and secure multiple WNBA titles as a basketball player.

EarQ, a supplier of hearing aids, has developed an awareness campaign aimed at helping people suffering from hearing loss.  The “HearStrong Champions” campaign looks for people doing great things despite their limitations and hearing problems.  These people represent the campaign, acting as role models in the community.  They encourage people to pursue their dreams and goals in spite of their condition.

Children with hearing loss can enjoy a perfectly normal lifestyle despite having a hearing condition.   Parents must be proactive and seek routine screenings for their children to protect their hearing.  A parent must also be prepared to openly discuss the condition with the child and assure them that their condition won’t affect their quality of life in anyway.  Technology, knowledge and perseverance can help anyone overcome any challenges they face as a result of the condition.

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