What Did You Say? How Kids Can Talk to Their Friends About Hearing Loss
Each year, more than 12,000 babies in the U.S. are born with some degree of hearing loss. As ways of detecting hearing loss are becoming more advanced, we’re now able to diagnose hearing loss in its early stages, helping a growing number of children find the help they need.
Unfortunately, that often means more children wearing hearing aids at a much younger age. Combine this with the fact that children are inquisitive by nature and you have the potential for unnecessary teasing and even being outcast. And even when it’s not outright bullying, simple curiosity can be misinterpreted as a personal attack.
Fortunately, these situations can often be avoided by being upfront and communicating what your child’s hearing aids do and why they need to wear them. Here are a few tips to help you and your child speak to their friends about hearing loss.