July 22, 2020
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What are the best hearing aid microphones for children?

Children with hearing loss, especially, can benefit from remote microphone technologies, as it helps direct sounds directly to their hearing aids. Here's how to choose the best hearing aid microphone for your child.
July 2, 2019
leadership in children with hearing loss

Born to lead- Leadership in Children with Hearing Loss

My five-year-old son, who has hearing loss, continues to surprise me. In fact, there is a growing list of characteristics he possesses that at one point I didn’t think was […]
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 3, 2019
Phonak classroom resources

3 Phonak classroom resources you should know about

Over 20 years ago I started my journey as a pediatric audiologist and was fortunate to work in one of the few multidisciplinary centers that had teachers of the deaf […]
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 […]
December 6, 2018
StorySign app

Huawei’s StorySign app making reading more accessible to deaf children

  The technology giant, Huawei, went above and beyond to make children’s reading times more accessible through their new StorySign app! For young deaf children, access to language is one […]
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 19, 2018
children's hearing aids

8 year old sells lemon(aids) to help fund children’s hearing aids

After discovering that some families, including her own family, struggle to afford hearing devices, 8-year-old Carly Waters wanted to change this reality. Although Carly doesn’t have a hearing loss, both […]
September 11, 2018

Toy Like Me: Changing disability stereotypes one toy at a time

The founder of Toy Like Me, Rebecca Atkinson, was watching her children play with toys one day and realized that none of the toys were representing real people with disabilities. […]
September 8, 2018
learn sign language

Two moms of children with hearing loss create Instagram account to help others learn sign language

Meagan Ackerman and Lana Wilson, are two mothers both raising children with hearing loss. The two mothers met on social media and decided to join together to create an account to […]
August 14, 2018

How Roger helps with my children’s listening fatigue

I don’t remember the exact moment that I learned that there was an actual word that described the energy and exhaustion I noticed in my children with hearing loss, but […]
July 31, 2018
learn sign language

Moms of deaf children create Instagram account to teach ASL

Meagan Ackerman and Lana Wilson, are two mothers both raising children with hearing loss. The two mothers met on social media and decided to join together to create an account to […]
July 9, 2018
bead in the ear

Community spotlight: A bead in Graham’s ear? Not your usual hearing loss story

We often hear stories about kids eating toys, and swallowing rings. For the Mulin’s family, they encountered their own experience with finding a bead in their son’s ear when he was […]
June 13, 2018
red hearing aid

Community Spotlight: James hears like never before with his bright red hearing aid

The day James Rios was fit with a hearing aid was the first time his mother, Carrie Rios called out her son’s name and he turned to exactly where she […]
June 7, 2018
Phonak Cros II

Community Spotlight: How Phonak Cros II hearing aids made a difference in Dominic’s life

Dominic Ehnisz is 13 years-old and has single-sided deafness.  When Dominic was just three years old, his mom, Danielle Hurst-Ehnisz, sensed that there was something going on with Dominic, but […]
May 22, 2018
communication skills for children with hearing loss

A fun way to learn animal sounds and grow communication skills for children with hearing loss

Spontaneous dance parties and nonstop giggles were some of the advantages that my daughter and I experienced this week while using the BabyBeats app by Phonak and Advanced Bionics. BabyBeats™ […]
May 16, 2018
speech activities

Engaging and fun speech activities we use at home for babies, toddlers and children

Speech activities for children with hearing loss don’t have to be a boring or frustrating experience. In fact, working on speech can be fun and connecting. Developing speech and language […]
May 11, 2018
raising children with hearing loss

These mothers share the most rewarding parts of raising children with hearing loss

  Mothering a child with hearing loss has broadened my perspective. As a hearing person, I used to take certain things for granted. Now I understand that not everyone experiences […]