November 28, 2019
hard of hearing children

A thank you letter to those who support my hard of hearing children

We have so many people in our lives that help support our children with hearing loss. I wrote a thank you letter to them, to show how grateful I am.
November 26, 2019
FM system

How I got an FM system for my toddler

An FM system can be confusing for a parent new to the world of hearing loss. What is an FM system, and how can you get one?
October 29, 2019
help deaf teens advocate

How to help deaf teens advocate for themselves

Valli Vida Gideons' teenage son was able to stand up for himself in an unfair situation. Learn how to help deaf teens advocate for themselves.
September 5, 2019
what I wish I knew about congenital hearing loss

What I wish I knew about congenital hearing loss

This article was originally written by HLM community member Stephanie Daniel. “Your son has permanent bilateral mild sloping to moderately severe sensorineural hearing loss.” After an excruciating and stressful one […]
August 16, 2019
conversations with deaf children

Why parents should practice ‘serve and return’ conversations with their children

As a mom of a daughter with hearing loss, I know that the importance of conversation is crucial to her development. The question is, what exactly qualifies as a conversation? […]
July 30, 2019
book about a deaf child

“EPHPHATHA” is a new book about a deaf child growing up in a hearing world

A father shares the story of his son and how he taught others to adapt and learn from someone with hearing loss in a new book about deaf child.
July 22, 2019
how to help hearing loss diagnosis

How to help when there’s a hearing loss diagnosis

I’ll never forget the nonchalant sound of the doctor’s voice who entered into the cold room no parent wants to be invited in, to tell us that our son had […]
July 16, 2019

This airplane game makes speech learning fun

This fun speech and listening games can help children with hearing loss develop vital skills they need for language development.
July 12, 2019
child's audiology appointment

Watch: What to expect at a child’s audiology appointment

Visiting any kind of doctor for a child can be daunting, it is nothing to be nervous about! Here's what to expect at your child's audiology appointment
June 14, 2019
help my child with hearing loss

Listening to different hearing aids taught me how to better help my daughter

When my daughter, Lucy, needed her first pair of hearing aids, I felt totally bewildered. Like 92% of parents, I was a “normal hearing” person, trying to make a decision […]
June 12, 2019
teaching deaf child English and sign language

Why our deaf daughter is learning both spoken English and ASL

When my kiddo was diagnosed with hearing loss, the health department sent us a chart of communication options. On one side, it said “visual.” On the other, it said “auditory.” […]
June 3, 2019
lost hearing aid

Finding my baby’s lost hearing aid

What’s as small as a paperclip, as pricey as a computer, and as easily lost as the remote control? A hearing aid, of course. Finding my baby’s lost hearing aid was […]
April 24, 2019
learning ASL

Why my husband finally decided to start learning ASL

Cue the trumpets: My husband Kevin finally is learning American Sign Language, or ASL.
April 9, 2019

Our child’s hearing loss journey from toddler to teen years

Our initial reaction to finding out our daughter had a hearing problem was shock, then guilt, disappointment, and sadness.  When we first suspected something might be wrong with Madeline’s speech […]
February 22, 2019
children's deafness

Reflecting our children’s deafness diagnosis

When Melissa and Matt Hyder first learned that their son was born with hearing loss, they were, like many parents, surprised.  With 90 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing children born […]
February 7, 2019
genetic testing

Stresses and rewards of genetic testing for hearing loss

When our hard of hearing daughter was first referred for genetic testing, I was skeptical.  On the one hand, genetic testing might find a definitive cause of hearing loss. On […]
January 4, 2019
language development

Parent-child dialogue promotes language development in toddlers

New research suggests that frequent dialogue between adults and children strengthens connections between brain regions critical for language development. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience used an in-home audio […]
January 2, 2019
mild hearing loss

How my child’s mild hearing loss led to my hearing loss diagnosis

Six years ago, or maybe 26, my journey with hearing loss began. It was six years ago that I concretely learned my daughter failed her newborn hearing screening. I’m glad […]
November 13, 2018
sign language and hearing aids

Why hearing aids and sign language are a happy pair

Communication is tricky and misunderstandings happen. Even with total access to sound, meaning can be lost or confused. Add hearing loss to the mix and the potential for communication breakdown […]
September 11, 2018

What’s On Her Ears?

My daughter Raina had hearing aids for less than an hour when we first got the question: “What’s on her ears?” It was asked by an elderly couple walking by […]