Being positive about my deafness inspires the deaf children I meet

I take an eight tonne lorry around the UK, teaching young people and their families about deaf awareness. My day starts at 7am when my travel alarm clock starts vibrating under my pillow. As I am profoundly deaf, I rely on the vibrations to ensure I get out of bed, check emails and plan for the day ahead. After breakfast...

Raising a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child

Raising kids is hard. Add a diagnosis of hearing loss and you might find yourself thinking parenting is not for the faint of heart. My children were born with needs categorized as “special.” They look like typical kids (with the exception of their devices) but they don’t hear like those with natural hearing. Understanding and information are key.

I’m Not Deaf But I’m Not Hearing. Where Do I Belong?

I’m too hard of hearing to be considered part of the hearing world, but I’m not deaf enough to be considered part of the Deaf world. I was born with a moderate bilateral high-frequency hearing loss. According to my family, I had enough hearing to adapt to the hearing world and attend mainstream school. I struggled through school, not only...

Hearing Loss – Identification, Impact and Next Steps

Hearing and listening are the cornerstones for learning for almost all children. If a child cannot clearly hear or attend to spoken information, speech and learning spoken language will likely be impacted. This means that hearing loss can cause learning challenges related to academic achievement, communication difficulties, and potentially result in social isolation, poor self-concept and even have an impact...

How a Deaf Mentor Helped Our Family

We brought our boys home from Russia when they were 15 months old. When they were 22 months old, Mark was diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss. He was fitted with hearing aids a month later. Mark is now a teenager. I remember feeling completely overwhelmed. We had so many questions; will Mark learn to speak? Will he use...

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