How Can a Parent Best Help a Child With Hearing Loss?
There are many steps parents and caregivers can take to help a child with hearing impairments. They include:
- Understanding the full nature and extent of a child’s hearing loss or deafness.
- Getting to know the services that are provided in your community for children with hearing challenges through early intervention and the public school system. Parents can be good advocates to insure their child’s education is appropriate for their needs.
- Discussing with healthcare providers if the child could benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants.
- Contacting hearing specialists and other medical and social service professionals familiar with hearing loss. Typically an individual with hearing impairment is evaluated and followed by an audiologist and an ears nose throat surgeon. In some cases, evaluation by a genetic specialist is recommended.
- Interacting with the child as much as possible. This includes holding, facing, smiling at and responding to the infant from the very beginning. It is critical that all family members and extended family members learn the way a family member with hearing impairment communicates and learn whatever strategies are necessary to be able to communicate with that individual whom may mean learning ASL or cued speech.
- Learning about agencies and organizations, as well as web sites, which provide information and support for families.
My child has hearing loss. Will she able to fit in at school?
Visit the My Child Without Limits support community and talk to fellow parents, caregivers, and experts about the challenges facing your child.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation for Children
Children and Hearing Aids
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Communication Considerations for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss
US Department of Education
Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Hearing & Communication Technology
My Baby’s Hearing
Hearing Aid Choices