One of my classes as a new teacher is for preschool-age children with deafness or hearing loss, also known as an early childhood D/HH program. One of the key areas we work on is receptive and expressive vocabulary development. If bystanders were to walk by our classroom’s open door, they may hear the sound of … Continue reading
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Did You Grow Up with Hearing Loss? Lipreading Mom Needs Your Help with “Project Language & Literacy”
My first experience with hearing loss occurred in kindergarten. When the teacher asked the class to listen to and respond to questions through headphones, all I heard through them was garbled speech. The audiologist later told my parents that I could hear normally, but that I just needed to pay attention. From the age … Continue reading
What Causes Childhood Deafness and How Does It Affect Parents?
Zoey is a sweet baby girl who just began wearing hearing aids. Her father recently shared her heartwarming story with Lipreading Mom.com. This Is My Daughter – By Kyle Zentzer Zoey was born October 11, 2012. From the very beginning, Zoey never passed her hearing screening at the hospital. Finally after her first sedated Bear … Continue reading
Are You Bullied Because of Your Hearing Loss?
In my soon-to-be-published memoir, Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, I encountered someone who wasn’t too kind about my hearing loss… As we drove away from the church, I closed my eyes and listened to the sounds. With the window cracked, I heard moving cars coming from the nearby highway. That sound had been deaf … Continue reading
Do You Have a Hearing Loss Question? Ask Lipreading Mom!
I’ve always wanted to be Dear Abby. In the fourth grade, I taped an envelope to my school desk with the words “Have a question? Ask Shanna!” scribbled on it. Friends would write notes with questions about homework, friendship, and when to start dating (My advice to the latter: “You’re too young!”). So it seemed … Continue reading
Do You Have Hearing Loss…or Selective Hearing?
I’ve loved stories ever since I was a little girl. Long before I became Lipreading Mom and years before my hearing loss diagnosis, I sat in a crowded elementary school classroom and waited for a story to begin. I placed a set of headphones over my ears. When the recorded storyteller asked a question, I … Continue reading
These Kids Joyfully Show Me Their Ears
I have a lot to learn from children with hearing loss. In the weeks since I launched the Show Me Your Ears campaign, kids from all over the world have posed with their hearing aids and cochlear implants. Their photos are inspiring and fun. These young people aren’t afraid to show off their ears with … Continue reading
Check Out This Pretty Girl’s (and Her Bear Friend’s) Ears
By now, you should know about the Show Me Your Ears Campaign to Promote Deaf and Hearing Loss Awareness. If not, I encourage you to check out the official page, then keep reading on… Young Kiersta was 16 months old when she received a cochlear implant called the Med EL Opus 2. Currently, Kiersta is … Continue reading
Why Can’t This Young Boy Sign His Name at School?
I was shocked to read that a 3-year-old boy in Nebraska has been denied the right to use his sign language name at school. Below is the entire article by Steve Ross with 1011now.com. It is Lipreading Mom’s conviction that children with deafness or hearing loss should be allowed to use the communication method that … Continue reading
Why Going Deaf Was a Blessing for Me
By Karen Putz / Lipreading Mom Guest Blogger I was born with hearing in the so-called “normal” range. I started losing my hearing in elementary school and received my first hearing aid when I was nine. I hated the thing. No one ever saw it, because I kept it hidden under my long hair, or stuffed … Continue reading