by Ann Haffner
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that between two to three infants per 1,000 live births are identified at birth with a congenital hearing loss. Most are identified before they leave the hospital through Newborn Hearing Screening. But some congenital hearing loss may not become evident until later in childhood and other sources report that the incidence of hearing loss may double to 6 per 1,000 by the time children enter school. When hearing loss is detected late (after one year of age) language development is delayed, affecting a child’s ability to learn and perform in school.
One of the new requirements for Parents as Teachers affiliates is to perform hearing screening with otoacoustic emissions (OAE) equipment. But this instrument is expensive.
Monsanto’s Grow St. Louis contest offers up to $15,000 to a nonprofit with the most online votes. For Parents as Teachers, this means the purchase of several OAE instruments for affiliates to borrow.
Please vote so more children can hear.