Everyday in the US, approximately 1 in 1,000 newborns is born profoundly deaf, with another 2-3 of 1,000 babies born with partial hearing loss. While pregnant with Drew I worried about so many things, but not once did I ever worry about him being able to hear. Little did I know that it is the most common birth defect in the United States.
My life has been forever changed as a result of congenital hearing loss, but I have taken action to not let this hearing loss impact Drew's ability to communicate in the hearing world. There are amazing technological advances that people of all ages with hearing loss can take advantage of, but only if their hearing loss is properly diagnosed and treated.
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and I recently learned of an awareness effort called "Raise Your Hand". If you have ever taken a hearing test yourself, you know that when you hear the tones in the headphones you raise your hand. If you or someone you know is dealing with the far reaching effects of a hearing loss, "Raise Your Hand" for better hearing and help do something about it!