Our Facebook page got a huge response this week over an article about Johnny Depp, his wife Amber Heard, and Alice Cooper giving out free hearing aids to deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Depp told the Associated Press "If you pass something over to someone that they haven't had ever before, it's very moving." You can catch the whole article on Today News.
The idea of sharing such a gift with someone is not reserved for superstar jet setters. In fact, there are folks right here in Delaware struggling to find funding for hearing aids for their children, and you may be able to help. If your kid has an old set of hearing aids stuck in a drawer somewhere, why not let another family put them to use? Many children replace their hearing aids with new aids after a few years to take advantage of advancing technology or due to their own changing hearing needs. Those old aids may be out of warranty and badly in need of some professional servicing, but that's ok. If you have an old set gathering dust, you can donate them through the Delaware Newborn Hearing Aid Loaner Bank Program and enjoy being Johnny Depp for a day! They don't even require you to have silly hair. Check out the program page for more info on donating or requesting aids.
FROM OUR LENDING LIBRARY
The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, Putz, Karen: Karen Putz grew up hard of hearing and became deaf as a teen. When her own kids began losing their hearing one by one, she figured she had all the answers. She quickly learned it was a whole other ball game to be a parent of deaf and hard of hearing kids. Karen shares the twists and turns of her journey and the wisdom she's learned along the way.
Thursday, October 22, 8am - 3:30pm: Annual Nemours Audiology Conference, Psychosocial Impacts of Hearing Loss - From Identification to Intervention. Registration is available online.
Chapter meeting October 27, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow. If you can’t make it in person, you can join us on Google Hangouts. Text or email Angie for telephone access.
WHAT IS HANDS & VOICES?
We are a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.