Parental survey finds children with hearing loss need more help

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Every day, 33 babies are born with hearing loss in the United States. These children and their families face significant barriers to receiving the services and care they need, according to a new survey released by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

In the survey, entitled “Family Needs Assessment: Successes and Challenges, Listening to Their Voices,” 1,000 parents said public school options, the cost of listening and spoken language services, and the quality of these services available locally were barriers to obtaining the proper care for their children.

“The study’s findings underscore our country’s need for affordable, accessible hearing health care, including access to hearing technology and habilitative services, for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families,” association President Donald M. Goldberg said in a news release.

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