Imagine singing your newborn to sleep, not knowing that their world is silent and the soothing sound of your voice is lost to them.
Why this matters
Most babies who are deaf or hard of hearing are born into families with no history of hearing loss.
Imagine the awful feeling when you suspect that your child isn’t hearing you. You drop a plate and your baby isn't startled. Your older children run through the house, yet somehow they never seem to wake the baby.
Hearing loss is invisible and many babies live for months, even years without diagnosis. This can cause preventable and unnecessary cognitive and developmental setbacks.
May is ‘Speech and Hearing Month’, the ideal time to approach the Canadian Government with our voices united on behalf of babies.
Every baby in Canada deserves a chance to hear and to communicate.
It is time to speak up for babies who can’t.
What We Want
We believe that no matter where a Canadian baby is born, they should have the same access to resources and help, if needed.
Creating a national mandate for infant screening and intervention means that every child can have an equal chance at reaching their full potential, and no child is left out.
WHAT WILL THIS CHANGE ACHIEVE for Canadian families?
Canada has been a world leader in infant hearing loss. In fact, the team that developed the ability to fit babies with hearing aids is from Canada. And yet, we are among the last of the developed countries globally to have a national strategy and standards around infant screening and early intervention - YOU can help change that.
Who Will It Help?
- Having an equal opportunity to gain the best start in life
- Early intervention means access to a coordinated healthcare team
- The ability to communicate, in whichever way the healthcare team identify is best for baby’s development
- Access to family support
- The ability to interact with their baby and stimulate their communication development
- Early intervention saves taxpayer money
- New generations given the best start in life
PLEASE ADD YOUR VOICE
The Hearing Foundation of Canada is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the devastating effects of hearing loss on Canadians by promoting prevention, early diagnosis, leading edge medical research and successful intervention.