Imagine not being able to hear a song on the radio, the people you work with, or even your family saying “I love you.”

Hearing aids are not covered by insurance in Indiana and many other U.S. states. Insurance companies claim that hearing aids are “cosmetic.” Therefore, Americans of all ages must pay out of pocket for hearing aids and accessories.

When children cannot hear properly, it severely affects their development in both the social and academic realms. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association organizes the impacts of untreated hearing loss into four categories:

Children who have untreated hearing impairment have issues with speaking and language acquisition. They often have difficulty understanding and writing complex sentences, may not be able to hear their own voice when they speak, have wide gaps in vocabulary, and have trouble learning abstract words.

Children with hearing loss have difficulty with all areas of academic, especially reading and math. The difficulty with which they acquire language contributes to this achievement gap.

Many children with hearing loss often report feeling alone, unhappy at school, and without friends due to the difficulties of socializing with hearing children.   Hearing loss affects a child’s ability to participate in play, sports, and other crucial extracurricular activities.

The above issues combined may affect the vocational choices a child will be able to make in the future, especially if the academic achievement gap isn’t addressed early on.

The gift of hearing aids can help children address all these issues and mitigate the debilitating causes of early hearing loss.

 

To learn more about hearing loss, please explore our resources below:

Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Indiana – Resources and support for deaf and hard of hearing children from the state of Indiana.

Hands and Voices — A nonprofit group dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.