I have never been able to hear well. I always have to crank up the volume, beg people to repeat themselves, and feel like I miss a ton of stuff that’s happening around me. I remember yelling back and forth with my mom as a child to try and communicate. Today, it drives my husband and kids nuts. When our finances allow, I will finally be acquainting myself with hearing aids after years of waiting, and I can’t wait. I hate not hearing well, and it’s been this way for as long as I can remember. However, I know my poor hearing is a nuisance at best. There are so many who have severe hearing loss, and I can’t imagine the difficulty of navigating through the world with such a loss.
Pediatric hearing loss is incredibly hard. Kids are working so hard to just figure out the world around them, without this added challenge. We have seen this with our family friends who struggled with significant childhood hearing loss and my heart breaks for their struggles and all the extra hurdles they must jump continue to jump over (to put it very mildly). It is a very rough road, and I always wish I could do something to help.
I’ve been learning that hearing loss is caused by many different things. While some of it is not preventable, some of it is. Since we can’t do anything to control genetics or some illness-induced origins, we can tackle some of the other causes, like noise-induced hearing loss. When Hear the World joined up with The Motherhood and asked me to co-host a Twitter party to spread awareness of how to detect, treat and prevent hearing loss in young children, I was thrilled to be able to promote this cause. Finally, I feel like I can somehow have a (albeit small) voice towards making a difference. Personally, I want to learn more so I can do my part to prevent my own kids from such loss, if possible.
The #HearThe World Twitter party is happening Wednesday, July 17th at 1p ET. Follow the #HearTheWorld hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.
Why should you join in? Information is power. Hear the World Foundation is hosting this Twitter party to spread awareness of how to detect, treat and prevent hearing loss in young children. Every year, around 665,000 children around the world are born with significant hearing loss. A child’s ability to hear and speak is vital for emotional and social development. If an infant’s brain does not receive adequate acoustic stimuli because of an undetected hearing loss, the development of age appropriate speech and language can be delayed making it difficult to close the gap. Therefore, it is crucial to detect and manage hearing loss as early as possible! During the party, you can ask questions and hear straight from expert Audiologist, Dr. William Dickinson, an as he tweets from @Hear_The_World about protecting children’s hearing and treating hearing loss. As further incentive to join in, we will award five prizes throughout the party to participants who respond correctly to trivia questions. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
Thanks for lending your ear as I talk about this issue on my heart, and please consider tuning in on Wednesday as we discuss more. Power in attention, knowledge and numbers, my friends!
This is a post sponsored by Hear the World and The Motherhood, but all opinions are 100% my own.