At Hearing Aid UK, we love any opportunity where we can talk about subjects that are very important to us in our industry and raise awareness about hearing loss, hearing aids and hearing healthcare. In this article, we discuss how important it is to teach children about hearing loss.
So, why is raising awareness so important? Fortunately, we live in a time where information and resources are accessible online, 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 and for others to better relate.
Children are constantly listening and watching - studies show that they make better decisions when parents or adults talk to them about life issues. Talking to children about hearing loss at a young age, is not just beneficial to curb stigma and exclusivity - but to also teach them about preventing noise-induced hearing loss and the damage it can do to their own hearing. So, when they are old enough to make their own choices, natural habits and awareness dictate.
There are so many dedicated people, charities and companies that do a great job of raising awareness on this topic. We’ve seen the launch of the hearing aid emoji and dolls that have hearing aids or cochlear implants – all tapping into the younger generation and highlighting inclusivity.
“This was 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” Paul Harrison - Founder of Hearing Aid UK
Here are a few ideas on how to raise awareness about hearing loss and hearing aids:
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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