Sunday, 2 June 2013

Hearing Loss in Children: How to Overcome the Odds

*Fanfare*.  For the first time ever, Anonomum has opened it's gates to a guest post.  John O'Connor is a father, outdoorsman and sports enthusiast who writes below on the issues of hearing loss in children.

Hearing is a key part of life. Can you even imagine a world without sound? Hearing loss affects all ages of people, not just adults and elders. Babies, toddlers, younger and older children experience hearing loss. Whether you're born deaf or you have a condition with symptoms of hearing loss, the number of Americans that are experiencing hearing loss has doubled over 30 years. Hearing loss is more common than any people think and often a sense that many people take for granted until it is gone. 

It's becoming clear that hearing loss affects many children throughout the world. Between the ages of 6 and 19 years of age, younger people show some form of hearing loss. This means that they cannot hear at least 16 decibel in one or both of their ears. However, it can progressively get worse in some cases, such as frequent cases of otitis media in infants. For children, the cause of hearing loss may be hereditary, related to illness, noise exposure, neurological disorder, chemical exposure, trauma to the ear or a variety of neurobiological factors. Symptoms may progress from an infection or immediately occur after trauma to the ear.

The important thing for children to realize is that they are not alone and that they can receive help. Education for the deaf has progressed incredibly in the past 10 years. It's easier to learn grammar, vocabulary and other communication even if you are unable to hear. There are also a variety of hearing aids that help children to hear. Another option for children is to learn sign language. This allows them to communicate with family and friends.

In some instances children with hearing loss may have a hard time at school or while playing sports.  They may be bullied by other kids or treated differently. In some schools, this isn't the case. Most children understand and want to help or even learn sign language when another classmate is deaf. Children with hearing loss should never feel discouraged from meeting other kids, partaking in activities and achieving academic goals. Having hearing loss does not make them different from any other kid in their classes or sports team.  There are also plenty of children who have grown up to be superstars and athletes who had some type of hearing loss. With the right education on hearing loss and support from family and friends the possibilities are endless for children who have hearing loss. 

For instance, Nick Hamilton is a 22-year-old baseball player who just graduated from Kent State University. He actually competed at the College World Series. He was selected in the 35th round of Major League Baseball Draft and currently plays for the Cleveland Indians. However, there's something special about this baseball player. Ever since he was a 3-year-old, Nick Hamilton could not hear very well. He received surgery to stop his hearing loss from progressing and now wears a hearing aid to adjust his hearing levels. Nick uses lip reading to understand his coaches and teammates.

There are also a variety of companies and people out there doing things to help people who are hard of hearing. EarQ provides hearing aids and is currently heading up a campaign called HearStrong, which is a program to identify and alleviate social stigmas placed on those with hearing loss and also to change the perception of hearing loss in society. Just because someone is hard of hearing or deaf shouldn't dictate how far he or she can go and what he or she can achieve in life. There should be endless possibilities and more understanding from society as a whole in regards to hearing loss.  

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!

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2 comments:

  1. Most babies are born with perfect hearing, but some of them have permanent hearing loss since their birth. It is crucial to identify and remedy problems in children at early stages as they rely on their hearing to learn from the very beginning. My son is also suffering from hearing loss. He was diagnosed with this disease in his childhood when he was of 3. Although sometimes it becomes very difficult for him to face social challenges, but Hidden hearing aids have given him a new way to live the life. These hearing aids are the source of sunshine in his life which has made his life easier than ever.

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  2. It seems that the way you explained all about the hearing loss in children's shows your expertise in this feild. Really it’s great to read your blog and I’m looking forward for more from you in future too.

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