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The Best Ways to Help Your Child with Hearing Loss Build Language Skills

By Hearing First TeamJanuary 8, 2019

LSL Day by Day | LSL outcomes, parent advice, parent-professional partnerships, Parent Outcomes, LSL journey, Celebrate LSL, parent support

A new year means a new set of goals and opportunities to help your child with hearing loss reach successful listening and spoken language outcomes. Start your year strong with our top tips to build your child’s language skills!

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How to Get Family Members Involved in Your Child’s Hearing Journey

By Hearing First TeamDecember 4, 2018

LSL Day by Day | parent advice, Parent Outcomes, parent-professional partnerships, LSL journey, LSL story, parent support, Celebrate LSL

The holidays are upon us, meaning lots of family gatherings and get-togethers are coming too. Whether or not you realize it now, each family member and friend in the room can be a part of your LSL journey with your child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Read how to include them and increase your community of support below.

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The Unlimited Potential of the LSL Life

By Hearing First TeamOctober 23, 2018

"Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, parent support, parent advice, listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, Celebrate LSL, hearing technology

We at Hearing First believe that children who are deaf or hard of hearing have the potential to be whatever they want to be. We're delighted to share the stories and accomplishments of our community members thriving with Listening and Spoken Language on LSLLife.com.

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5 Easy Ways to Find Parent Friends in the Family Support Community

By Hearing First TeamJune 13, 2018

Connected Learning | LSL journey, LSL story, Parent Outcomes, parent support, Celebrate LSL

Ever wondered how to expand your community of support and find friends who share similar life experiences of raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing? We’ve got the answer with our Family Support Community! Read about why it’s easy to meet friends in the Community, and some quick ways to connect with other members.

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Hearing First Launches Spanish Website and Resources

By Hearing First TeamJune 8, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines, listening and spoken language

What features two languages along with hundreds of blogs, handouts, and resources to help you learn and grow on your LSL journey? Our website! Learn more about our website and materials now available in Spanish and how you can access them to power potential for even more children with hearing loss.


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Ever Wondered How to Test a Baby’s Hearing? Find Out!

By Hearing First TeamMay 25, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines, listening and spoken language

If you’ve ever asked the question ‘How in the world do you test a baby’s hearing?’, we have a must-watch video for you! Read about our recent Facebook Live “Ask Me Anything” with Dr. Jace Wolfe, prominent researcher in pediatric audiology and Director of Audiology and Research at Hearts for Hearing, and watch the video recap!

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Why Collaboration is Important Between Parents and LSL Professionals

By Hearing First TeamMay 18, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines, listening and spoken language

When it comes to the partnership between parents and LSL professionals powering potential for children with hearing loss to listen and talk, collaboration is key! Watch our recent Facebook Live “Ask Me Anything” with special guest, Joanna Smith, LSLS Cert. AVT, CEO and Executive Director at Hearts for Hearing, as we chat about effective collaboration, and how families can “make up for lost time” with the late hearing loss diagnosis.

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How Much Should Your Child Be Wearing Their Hearing Technology? Get the Answer!

By Hearing First TeamMay 8, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines, listening and spoken language

Wow! We’re still amazed that we had the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with Dr. Teresa Ching about her landmark study about children with hearing loss known as the LOCHI (Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment) Study. Watch the full video about the study and her answer to the question of “How much does my child need to be wearing their hearing technology?”

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Hearing First Ask Me Anything with Lydia Denworth

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 22, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines

Watch the Facebook Live “Ask Me Anything” video featuring Hearing First CEO Dr. Teresa Caraway and author, journalist and LSL mom, Lydia Denworth, as they discuss Lydia’s hearing loss story with her son Alex, and the science behind how the brain uses sound for early speech and language development.

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Celebrating Turning Terrific Two!

By Hearing First TeamOctober 5, 2017

LSL Day by Day, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, early brain development

Hearing First is turning two this month, and we’re feeling the same growth and developmental milestones that most two-year-olds experience in this character-defining time. Read along to learn about the often forgotten positives of the “Terrific Twos” and how our organization can relate to these characteristics!

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