My son, AC, is now 18 years old. He’s wonderful. Bright. Talented. A great big-brother and young man. He also has a mild-moderate hearing loss. This blog will focus primarily on that one part of his life: mild-moderate hearing loss.
AC was probably born with mild/moderate hearing loss, but we didn’t know about it until he was 4 years old. Lots more about this on the “background page“. I started this blog when he was 11 years old… and much of the content is pertaining to previous years when we first found out AC had a hearing loss, and also the challenges we went through with school and getting him set up with a 504 plan, etc. I do not post in this blog very much anymore, and it does not get a lot of “action”. However, I leave it up with the hopes that it may still help others who are looking for information.
Years ago, when I began looking for answers, I was surprised with the run around I felt like I was getting. I really had trouble locating recent, and relevant information on mild-moderate hearing loss. Specifically pertaining to a child, and regarding educational issues. There seemed to be a lot of info for the Deaf community, that used ASL, etc., but, nothing specifically that pertained to my son’s mild-moderate type hearing loss – where he did not know/use ASL.
I remember feeling very alone. I had so many questions and wasn’t finding answers. I didn’t know any other kids or families with mild/moderate hearing loss. I really struggled to find support and information.
Eventually, we found some really great resources, and really useful advice from some really wonderful people. I don’t know how I would have managed if I hadn’t found those. Even with the support I found, there were countless meetings, evaluations, phone calls, emails, and hours and hours of research – trying to gather information and get questions answered.
So, I started this blog with the hopes that it might:
- serve as a resource to others in similar situations
- be a support group for myself and others
- provide a means for me to log things
- … and, possibly contribute in some way – to help break down the stigma and labeling often attached with hearing loss.