In today’s rapidly changing world, “what’s possible” is changing all the time. This is especially true for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A hearing loss diagnosis means something different today than it once did. Learn about the shifts in understanding and advances in technology that are expanding more possibilities than ever before.
Ask your mother or grandmother if she remembers the day the family got their first black-and-white television. It seemed impossible at the time — to think of people all over the world watching the same event at the same moment from the comfort of their living rooms. By the time they raised their own children, television seemed commonplace. Personal computers were the new frontier. Today, our toddlers will never know a world without touchscreen tablets.
What’s possible is changing all the time.
Likewise, a lot has changed for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The diagnosis of hearing loss means something different today than it did thirty years ago. There are profoundly more possibilities. Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk. They can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing friends.
Yet many of the families who receive this diagnosis are unaware of what’s possible for their child.
What has created this dramatically-changed landscape?
It’s news to most parents that children who are born deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk. When parents are made aware of this possibility, about 85-90% of them are choosing listening and spoken language as their child’s communication option.
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