Ian was born with a profound hearing loss, he was born completely deaf. At only 10.5 months old, he was implanted with bilateral cochlear implants which were then activated 30 days later. Slightly before his 1st birthday, Ian heard his first sound!
Today, Ian is a crazy 5 year old boy - more into construction trucks and super heroes then anything else. He is a graduate from Sound Start Babies and currently attends an elementary school for children with hearing loss in Mountain Lakes, NJ. He has learned, through help from the wonderful staff at Sound Start Babies and the Lake Drive School, to hear through his cochlear implants and communicate in our hearing world. Ian recently tested at or above age level in receptive skills which is a true testiment to the hours (and hours) of hard rehabilitative work. We are so proud of him - he can do anything he chooses to!
We are walking for Ian, and for the countless other children who have a hearing loss. Every child deserves the opportunities that Ian has had and helping the HLAA is just a small part of our payback.
- 48 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 26 million people have noise-induced hearing loss that could have been prevented
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
Hearing loss affects one's ability to communicate every day in different situations - from a dinner conversation at a noisy restaurant, on the phone, to not hearing alarm clocks and smoke alarms. For people with hearing loss, these situations can be become obstacles without the right information and support. HLAA provides the assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.