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Glossary of Terms to talk about hearing, causes of hearing loss and hearing aid devices.
What does a hearing impairment sound like? The following four audio files replicate what your baby hears if they have normal hearing ability, along with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss. Many multimedia sources are available to families of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing such as the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management:
Normal | Moderate | Mild | Severe
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“Parents, caregivers, professionals, and members of the Deaf community recognize the need for a greater number of qualified professionals and improved service provision”
- The National Agenda: Moving forward on achieving educational equality for deaf and hard of hearing students (2005)
"Oliver was fitted recently with an FM System. Our providers were skeptical because he was so young and attended a daycare, not a school setting where they are typically used. However, Oliver's daycare teachers were so excited to share the profound changes they witnessed in him. The first day that he accessed sound through the FM he went from communicating sporadically in 2 word phrases, to speaking in 4-6 word sentences. He went from looking at other children for cues to know what to do, to following directions because he can now hear them. He went from being quiet at circle time, to full participation. With the benefit from the FM System, he quickly turned into a confident little boy!"
- Alicia Boeme, Oliver's mother