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:
- E1: Accommodations in University
- E2: Living with Hearing Loss in a Pandemic
- E3: Accessible Comedy Shows
- E4: Cochlear Implants & Self Acceptance
- E5: Accessibility in Public Spaces
- 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/