Every Day, Children with Hearing Loss are Learning to Listen, Talk, and Thrive

Mildred L. Oberkotter

May 18, 1935 – May 9, 2024

A celebration of life for Mildie Oberkotter, honoring a woman who inspired thousands of children who are deaf that their dreams could come true.

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Find Your Way Guide

Getting Started on the Hearing Loss Journey

After it's confirmed your child has a hearing loss, it can be hard to know where to start and how to move forward. As a parent, you get to choose what you want for your child's future as you start this journey. If you want your child to listen and talk, this booklet will help you find your next steps.

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Why Does LSL Matter?

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) has opened up a world of possibility for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

With LSL intervention and the right hearing devices, children with hearing loss are listening, talking, learning, and reading just like their hearing friends and siblings.

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Find Other Parents Like You

Remember that you’re not alone on this journey. We often hear how much families value connecting with other parents who understand what they’re going through. Learning from their experiences — how they felt after a diagnosis, why they made certain choices, and how they work with their support team — can give you the hope and confidence you need to provide the most support for your child.

Here’s how Hearing First can help you connect with other parents and learn more about LSL.

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