There’s a right to hear or not to hear, but none to deny another’s right to hear

Editors Note: This post was originally posted February 2012. By David H. Kirkwood Two recent posts at Hearing Views addressed basic rights related to hearing health care: the right to have access to hearing care technology and services and the right not to use that access.   “AN ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT” The February 8 Hearing…

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The kids are all right: Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings

David Kirkwood first published this post in June of 2011. In 2016, we are still working to have universal newborn hearing screenings across the world. Nearly everyone would agree that there is never a good time for a baby to be born deaf or with a significant hearing loss. And children who suffer hearing loss…

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A Journey of Discovery: Why I Decided to Tell My Family’s Story

By Lydia Denworth My son Alex was the first deaf or hard of hearing child I ever knew in any meaningful way. When his hearing loss was identified just before his second birthday, I was sad and scared and anxious—as many parents in the same situation often are. More than anything though I felt the…

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Educating the Deaf Child: Speaking, Reading and Teaching

By Lily McCann There are 70 million deaf people worldwide. Current estimates suggest anywhere from 800,000 to 2 million deaf people live in the US and Canada. With this substantial figure in mind, it’s no wonder that special education is becoming more widely available and accessible in our society today. In a world in which…

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