The first reaction on learning your child has profound hearing loss is usually one of surprise, confusion and fear. Will he be able to speak? Will he be able to participate in activities like most children? Will he be able to live a full and happy life? How do I cope during this time? How do I explain things to his siblings? What is the best program for his specific diagnosis? Will my insurance pay for the devices he will need and the therapy to help him communicate?
These are only a tiny part of the thousands of questions that come to mind as families navigate hearing loss for the first time. We know how very hard it is but we also know that the journey can be as rewarding as it seems impossibly difficult at first.
Our Guide for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss helps parents understand the terminology of medical care and what to expect at every stage along a child’s early life. This guide gives first time parents, and those who have longer or deeper family experience with hearing loss, some important facts as they make their way though what can seem likea complex and confusing system of helping their child communicate and socialize in a hearing world. And this learning never ends.