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Reads About Childhood Hearing Loss

Monday, July 4, 2016 11:49:12 PM Australia/Melbourne

As you’ve probably noticed, Hearlink promotes dynamic and comprehensive conversation. We want everyone talking about hearing loss early and often, so that we can identify problems and solve them sooner. Thanks to technological advancements, we are continually more and more successful in this endeavor. But sometimes, technology is not enough. Sometimes, we need to revert to the most classical methods of education—gasp! –  The written word.

 

There are a vast abundance of books out in the market right now about hearing loss, and in the coming months, we’ll begin to share more and more that we recommend based on niche topics. We received a lot of positive feedback from readers interested in learning more about hearing loss in children, as it continues to be a growing epidemic. Between the increased volume in our cultural surroundings and assumptions that loud is better, children’s hearing has taken the brunt of the negative impact.

 

Reads About Childhood Hearing LossThere are a couple of different lenses that you could look at this topic. Today, we choose to look at it from the lens of your children—what do they want to read if they’ve been impacted? Here are some of current top picks:

 

A Birthday for Ben (Kate Gaynor and Karen Quirke)- Ben is a seven-year-old who wears hearing aids on a regular basis. He can speak, and he can sign. This book tells the story of his birthday party and how he incorporates games that both those who can speak, and those who can sign, can play together. It turns out to be Ben’s best birthday to date.

 

Moses Goes to a Concert (Isaac Millman)- Moses is a young man going to a concert for the first time with his classmates. The character with hearing loss in the story is actually the percussionist in the orchestra. He performs with stocking feet so that he can hear the vibrations. This greatly impresses Moses and his classmates, while also opening their eyes to what those with hearing loss are still capable of.

 

Let’s Hear it for Almigal (Wendy Kupfer)- Almigal is a very energetic young girl who wears cotton candy pink hearing aids to help with her hearing loss. Even though she can’t hear her baby brother when he giggles, she feels like the luckiest girl in the world because each of her friends is unique and special in their own way.

 

El Deafo (Cece Bell)- El Deafo is about a young lady who loses her hearing at the tender age of four, when she succumbs to a bout of meningitis. She is very upset at first, and spends much time alone. Thanks to an FM system this changes and she is finally able to hear her teacher. She determines that her FM system gives her special powers because she is able to hear her teacher from a great distance.

 

Mellie Goes to Preschool (MED EL Manufacturing)- Mellie is an elephant who is hearing impaired. She receives a cochlear implant which helps her learn far more when she goes to school.

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