September 29, 2020
What Would You Do If You Couldn't Hear Your Children?

What Would You Do If You Couldn’t Hear Your Children?

My children are not allowed to listen to music on their iPods like all their friends. They can’t turn their backs to me when they talk. They must keep their […]
June 1, 2020
children's books about hearing loss

6 children’s books about hearing loss

Reading can help us feel connected to one another, which is especially important for someone dealing with tough situations, such as hearing loss. Books that both adults and children can […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 4, 2018
hearing loss journey

Baby Raina’s hearing loss journey

When the nurse wheeled our daughter Raina’s bassinet away for her newborn hearing screening I said, “Go ace your first test baby girl!” Forty-five minutes later, she came back with bad […]
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 […]
May 8, 2018
teaching children about hearing loss

New Professor Hallux videos are a fun way to teach children about hearing loss

When you are a child with hearing loss, sometimes understanding exactly what hearing loss is can be difficult. Phonak partnered with UK radio station Fun Kids Live, to create educational YouTube […]
April 26, 2018

Mom finds hearing loss support for her son on Instagram

  Having a child with a hearing loss sometimes can feel isolating but mom Macey Kibbey has found kindred community through Instagram. The hearing loss journey for Macey’s son Oliver […]
February 16, 2018
hearing loss community

Finding our place in the hearing loss community with our hard of hearing children

In the beginning of my children’s hearing loss journey, I had no idea the complexity of hearing loss. Frequencies, decibels (dB), audiograms, pitches – were just random words that would […]
February 12, 2018
students with hearing loss

Why you should know the history of special education

Today, there are many supports that are legally in place to accommodate students with hearing loss, but that wasn’t always the case. If we were to travel back in time […]
February 9, 2018
equestrian with hearing loss

Community Spotlight: Nine-year-old equestrian rides into a new world of sound with her hearing aid

Nine-year-old Rayna is living out her passion for riding while enjoying her new world of sound after receiving her first hearing aid. Rayna has both hearing loss and Tourette’s syndrome but […]
November 23, 2017
children's hearing loss

Why I am grateful for my children’s hearing loss

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude” – Steve Maraboli. Practicing gratitude has been a goal for my family over the past year. One way we have done this […]
October 24, 2017
hard of hearing children self-advocacy

How I teach self-advocacy to my hard of hearing children

When you think of your child, what do you dream for them in the future? A strong, independent, successful adult is most likely embedded into what you want for your child […]
September 28, 2017
children's reaction to hearing loss

This is how my children reacted to my hearing loss

As an adult newly diagnosed with hearing loss, I knew I would be able to count on the full and complete support of my family. What I didn’t anticipate was […]
September 25, 2017
Roger technology at home

Why using Roger technology at home benefits my hard of hearing child

The day our son’s teacher let us take home the Phonak Roger FM System, was the day we realized this vital piece of technology needed to be used not just […]
September 12, 2017
preparing your deaf child for school

4 tips for preparing your deaf child for the school year

Feelings of excitement of the new school year are here, but covering the excitement is a blanket of nerves.  I am sure most parents are celebrating the added hours of […]
September 6, 2017
causes of hearing loss

How I found the answer to ‘What caused my son’s hearing loss?’

“What caused the hearing loss?” The one question that continued to circle around us when we first found out our son is hard of hearing.  We were shocked. Ayden was […]
August 25, 2017
sweethearts hair design braids for hearing aids

SweetHearts’ braids makes hearing aids shine

  One mom’s passion for braiding her daughter’s hair is turning into a movement that is breaking down stigmas around hearing loss. Beth Belshaw, owner of SweetHearts Hair Design, said […]