Once you have discovered that your child has a hearing loss, a demanding time begins for you and your family.
At the beginning you will probably feel shocked and somewhat helpless. It may be difficult to accept what the doctors are saying. Perhaps you have a hard time realising why something like this could happen to your child. This is a perfectly natural reaction.
It can take time to accept the fact that your child has a hearing loss. Meanwhile you may feel sad and anxious about the future asking yourself questions such as: “Will my child be able to speak?” “Will my child make friends with other children? “Will my child grow up normally, get an education and a job? These are absolutely understandable concerns.
After some time though you will be ready to move on and accept your child’s hearing loss. And as soon as you are able to do so, you can start focusing on how to cope with it yourself, in the everyday life of your child and with the rest of your family.
No two parents face the situation of having a child with hearing loss the same way. How you accept and handle it is a very personal and individual thing.
From talking with parents we have learned that being honest, open-minded and inquisitive is the most constructive way of handling things. So don’t hesitate to reach out for help and ask audiologists, teachers and other parents in the same situation for information and guidance. These people know about your situation and have relevant, first hand experience that you can draw upon.
You can also use this website for answers to many frequently asked questions. If not, then send us your questions via the Q&A page on this site.
Remember that you are not alone in being a parent of a child with a hearing loss. In fact, it is more common than you would probably think. A study shows that two percent of all children in the USA, for instance, are born with a hearing loss and nearly 15% of all youngsters between ages 6 and 19 have temporary or permanent hearing loss for reasons ranging from illness to noise exposure*. All of those children have parents, friends and relatives, who are coping with a situation similar to yours.
* Figures from a 1998 study made by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.