Hearing is the foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school. Hearing powers language, literacy, dreams, opportunities, and lifetime success. Hearing powers a child’s potential.
Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk and can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing peers. But the first days, weeks, and months of a baby’s life are critical.
At Hearing First, we want all children born in the United States to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening, the advances in technology, and the early learning services in their communities. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success.
We are a subsidiary organization of the Oberkotter Foundation, a private foundation with a thirty-year history of supporting opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk. We know that listening and spoken language (LSL) is possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We have met the babies and talked with their families; we have watched them grow up and make friends in the mainstream; and succeed through LSL.
Every parent needs to know the status of their baby’s hearing first. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified, and receiving help, the more opportunities that child will have. Period.
Hearing First is dedicated to walking this journey with families – from newborn hearing screening, through diagnosis, and into early intervention services. We are a multimedia connection point for families and professionals to improve outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through listening and spoken language. We are dedicated to powering children’s potential.
Join us at Hearing First. Together, we will power potential.
Learn more about our vision and how we’re working with children and their families. Download this handout.