"Hearing for Life. Don't let hearing loss limit you"
This is the theme for the 2020 World Hearing Day. The selection of the theme by the World Health Organization expresses the key message that that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. For more information:
Did you know that:
- Early intervention is key in preventing hearing loss from having a major impact on a child’s development.
- Untreated hearing loss can affect your child’s speech and language development, behavior, social skills, ability to learn to read and success in school.
- Timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential
- 15% of children ages 6-19 have a low or high frequency hearing loss in one or both ears, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- VT is the last New England state without hearing aid insurance coverage mandated
- Young people (12-35 years) are at risk for hearing loss due to recreational exposure to loud sound.
- Communication and good hearing health connect us to each other and our community and world
What Parents Can Do:
- Make sure your newborn has a hearing screening
- Take child to doctor every time your child has an ear infection or if you have concerns
- Follow safe listening practice in order to avoid hearing loss
- Look for signs that your child may not be hearing well:
- Birth – 1 year: Not turning head toward sounds
- 7 months to 1 year: Not responding when you call their name
- 1-2 years: Not following simple directions
- Birth to 3 years: Showing speech and language delays