Warm your heart! Hear, it’s their best gift!Cindy
A few months ago, the click-through rate of the above video exceeded 840,000, which warmed the hearts of many people. The name of Xiao Mengbao in the video is Alex, just 5 months old. She is a little British girl. She was diagnosed with bilateral moderate sensorineural hearing loss by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital when she was born. Quietly lonely. But Little Ellie was lucky. The moment when the hearing engineer put on the hearing aid for Little Ellie, a miracle happened: When Mom spoke, Little Ellie reacted! Her pink little face bloomed like never before Gorgeous smile, chubby little arms waving excitedly, responding to mom with a babble voice, as if saying: Mom, I heard it!
Yes, she heard it, she heard her mother’s voice, this is perhaps the happiest moment in her life!
Many people may think that the hearing loss is far away from us. In fact, according to the 2012 hearing loss population survey data released by the WHO World Health Organization, about 360 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss, of which 3,200. Hearing loss patients are children (approximately 9%), 1 in 1,000 children have severe hearing loss at birth, and 2-3 have mild and unilateral hearing loss. Due to some delayed or acquired hearing loss factors, this number doubled by school age. And the highest rates of hearing loss among children are in South Asia, Asia Pacific, and sub-Saharan Africa.
According to China’s hearing loss population survey data, there are about 30,000 newborns with hearing loss of varying degrees in China each year (Qi Liang & Mason, 2013). A study in 2017 pointed out that among children aged 0-17 in China, 17.49 have hearing loss per 10,000 (Chunfeng et al., 2017). This is enough to see that the hearing loss is not far away, and it is near us, which is hindering the normal development of children.
In 2015, the University of Iowa, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the University of North Carolina jointly launched a well-known clinical study of children with hearing impairment (McCreery, RW, Walker, EA, Spratford, M. , Bentler, R., Holte, L., Roush, P., & Moeller, MP (2015). A total of 317 children aged 5-17 years with moderate to severe hearing impairment were found. The following were found: Five key conclusions:
1. Even mild hearing loss is a huge challenge for children.
2. Hearing better, and children will perform better.
3. Wear hearing aids early = better language development.
4. At least 10 hours of hearing aid wearing time is guaranteed every day, which can help children develop their hearing better.
5. High-quality language input can promote children’s language development.
In children’s listening and speaking development, hearing is the most important founder and the gateway of sound to the brain. Today’s technology is developing rapidly, and most hearing impaired babies can understand and speak through advanced hearing aid technology and professional rehabilitation training. Early detection and diagnosis of hearing loss, early intervention and rehabilitation of hearing loss, continue to create rich and high-quality language environment for children, they can also live, learn and play like normal people.