Hearing loss is not just a “senior citizen” issue. Statistics Canada surveys indicate that about 4% of children aged 3 to 5 show signs of hearing loss and 8% of children aged 6 to 19 had hearing loss.  Hearing loss is not a sign of aging!  One audiologist commented that she had fit many babies with hearing aids and they didn’t look a day older.  There are many resources for “the Younger Generation” to tap into.  Here are a few to start you off.  On the National Level, check out The Young Adults Network  https://www.chha.ca/yan/.  In BC, look into the Youth Peer Support Program  http://www.chha-bc.org/youthpsp/  . 

In the summer of 2021, CHHA National sponsored  “Speak-Up!  CHHA Summer Student Podcast”, a platform to advocate for hard of hearing youth on hearing loss issues.   The three students who hosted the podcasts were :  Jason Lee, Program Assistant; Catherine Dumé, Media Relations Officer; Kaelan Fulford, Digital Resource Assistant. 

There were 6 episodes: 

  1. E1:  Accommodations in University   
  2. E2:  Living with Hearing Loss in a Pandemic 
  3. E3:  Accessible Comedy Shows 
  4. E4:  Cochlear Implants & Self Acceptance 
  5. E5:  Accessibility in Public Spaces 
  6. E6:  Farewell 

The podcasts are well worth a listen for  hard of hearing youth as well as people interacting with hard of hearing youth.   Find all 6 episodes on the following link:  https://www.chha.ca/resources/speak-up-podcast/