Thirty percent of children with congenital hearing loss also have some form of a genetic syndrome which includes one or more additional illnesses, such as kidney disease. By providing support to families who must manage a plethora of medical conditions, the foundation hopes to alleviate at least some of the stress and pressure the disability carries.
When you don't hear, there are so many things you miss: music, the sounds of nature - birds chirping and the wind in the trees, people talking or whispering, the sounds of traffic, and the sounds on TV. Children should be given the chance to grow up and learn and develop without missing out because they cannot hear. Hearing loss can be corrected in infants as young as one month old, which prevents them from having language and developmental delays that occur without proper hearing aids.
A quality hearing aid is prescribed by an audiologist and is a digital, programmable device which is matched precisely to the child's audiogram. The Joy of Hearing Foundation works to bring hearing aids to children, help their families learn to live with and support the child who has hearing loss, and educate the public about hearing loss. Eventually their programs will expand to include adults, with a special focus on the elderly. Because medical insurance and Medicare do not pay for hearing aids, many adults opt not to get them and their uncorrected hearing loss creates walls of isolation as they grow increasingly unable to participate in conversations with family, friends, doctors and on the phone.
The Joy of Hearing Foundation does accept donations of used hearing aids which can be redistributed by audiologists. Their Spring 2017 Hearing Aid Initiative will place hearing aids with 25 children who have congenital hearing loss. In order to meet this goal, the foundation needs the support of the community with donations and corporate sponsorships. Please contact Executive Director Rob Bishop at (407) 241-9144 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also donate directly online at www.joy-of-hearing.org. All donations are tax-exempt.