Lynell, mother of 4, found herself in a state of shock when two of her children were found to have hearing loss. Harry, Lynell’s fourth child was diagnosed with ANSD (auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder), a hearing condition that makes up 10% of diagnoses for children with permanent hearing loss. Harry’s diagnosis prompted testing of all the children which led to the family discovering that son William, who showed no signs of hearing loss, also had a hearing issue.
Lauren’s daughter, Laila, wasn’t diagnosed with hearing loss until she was halfway through kindergarten. And it wasn’t due to a lack of testing. Unfortunately, multiple technicians advised Lauren that her daughter’s lack of response to sound was from a behavioural issue, not a hearing loss! It wasn’t until Laila’s first teacher and dance instructor insisted that something was wrong with her listening that Laila’s hearing loss was properly diagnosed.
Source: hearingawarenessweek.org With Hearing Awareness Week drawing to a close over the weekend we wanted to highlight some of the week’s key moments. Hearing Awareness Week was established by the Deafness Forum of Australia to coincide with World Hearing Day. Its purpose is to bring light to the experiences of those with hearing loss and deafness as well as propel awareness across the nation about hearing loss and the importance of testing and treatment.
Imagine if one word could save your child’s life but when it came time for you to use it, and for them to hear it, they couldn’t. Fortunately, when I was confronted with just this situation, my daughter was able to hear that one word and it did save her life. The word was STOP! My daughter was about to step out onto the road without looking. It was a normally quiet street but on this occasion, a car sped out of nowhere and was on a collision course with my daughter.