Considering National Audiology Awareness Month – we thought it was the perfect time to discuss something a little bit different. At Hearing Aid UK, we love any opportunity where we can talk about subjects that are very important to us. This year we have decided to raise awareness about how important it is to teach children about hearing loss.
So, why is it so important? Fortunately, we live in a time where information and resources are accessible on the internet, making it easier to gain an education on hearing loss or any other subjects. Creating a digital world of tools, support, education, community hubs and forums - for people to connect and grow on their hearing loss journey.
There are so many dedicated people and charities that do a great job in raising awareness and just this year we’ve seen the launch of the hearing aid emoji and the dolls that have hearing aids or cochlear implants – all tapping into the younger generation and highlighting inclusivity.
“This is a huge step in the right direction - squishing the stigma surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids. However, there is so much more we can do, and it all starts with the kids. It’s a topic that isn’t taught at school, so when children meet children with hearing aids, they might label them as being different. Even as adults, we know the lack of understanding evokes judgement and can contribute to bullying - either in the workforce or in the school playground. We strongly believe that teaching a child about hearing loss early on can help and truly make a difference in how they respond and understand”
So, what can we do to raise awareness to the younger generation? Here are a few ideas to make it simpler for these young minds:
By giving children a simple and easy to understand education about hearing loss and hearing aids they will realise that all children should be treated the same. In turn, children will tell other children about hearing loss, which promotes inclusivity and a greater understanding.
We all just need to be willing and equipped into educating children the right way – in a way they understand. Nurturing a young mind to not discriminate and to treat everyone equally throughout their lives is invaluable. Education paves a path for understanding – so we no longer fear or judge what we cannot comprehend.
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