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The Benefits of Improving your Child’s Hearing

Every parent knows that taking care of children is a full-time job. And while every parent has a tough (yet rewarding) experience watching their kids grow, some parents are hit with more challenging obstacles than others. Nearly 22 years ago, Sue Schmidberger became one such parent; when her daughter was born 2 months premature with a major hearing impairment.

Schmidberger began to suspect her daughter had a hearing problem before the baby was even a couple of months old. After many attempts over 10 months, she finally convinced the doctors to examine the issue further.


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Schmidberger, now the President of the NJ Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, is not the only parent to ever have this problem; numerous parents experience these issues with their babies every year, and today, we have newborn hearing screenings in all 50 states. Schmidberger explains: “[This] means, before a child leaves the hospital, you will know if they have either passed or failed [the hearing screenings].”

Schmidberger, Kelvin Kwong, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Nancy V. Schumann, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist; and fellow mother Tania Navarro, whose daughter had cochlear implant surgery, all sat down with Steve Adubato, PhD., to discuss the solutions designed to aid deaf and hard of hearing children. Improving their hearing leads to improvements in their language, communication, and social skills, as well.

Adubato’s guests explain there is a link between a child’s ability to hear and their ability to learn; but today, babies with hearing loss can get treatment early on so they can learn alongside their peers.

To find out more about how current medical advances have been able to help improve children’s lifestyles and education, check out this edition of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.

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