They were often in shock or became intrigued of these funny objects in my ears. They would ask me what they are, what they’re for, or even try to poke or touch them! This sparked my idea for this blog!
Deafness is quite simple, but if you try to explain it to somebody, whether they’re adults or children, I’ve found that most people find it so hard to grasp a simple context… “I’m deaf.”
An understandable statement turns into something that has a million unanswered questions.
“If you wear hearing aids, you must be able to hear?”
“How much can you hear?”
“So, can you hear me IF I SPEAK LIKE THIS?”
“I don’t get it, if you’re deaf but you can hear me, you can’t really be deaf?”
For children, it can be quite odd or fascinating if they’ve never come across a deaf person before. People often say children learn from a young age, so if they understand different cultures and disabilities when they’re young, it puts them in the best place for the future.
Here are some of my suggestions when discussing hearing loss with children:
To explain sign language to children:
2. I’ve heard someone use this, but I personally wouldn’t use it myself: “I’m a robot, I have cyber ears!” (aka hearing aids)
3. Play a hearing loss related game with them, to bring some fun into the subject.
Do you have any other tips to explain hearing loss to children? I’d love to read them below!