Share Children's Books
Transform how future generations think about hearing loss!
Gerry Warren is a former preschool teacher and the mother of a child with hearing loss. She recently self-published a picture book titled "Freddy's Bad Hear Days." She hopes that the book will raise awareness of the difficulties a child often faces due to hearing loss. A Button in Her Ear by Ada Bassett Litchfield is a classic children's book about how a little girl becomes aware of her hearing deficiency and starts using a hearing aid. Similar books may be available in your area.
Reading books to children about hearing loss could help change social norms and shift society's attitudes about hearing loss and hearing instruments. You can start by sharing children's books about hearing loss in your community. You could give the books to friends, family, schools, libraries, and health clinics. You can also request that your local library and schools purchase children's books and add them to their summer reading lists. Feeling extra creative? You can put pen to paper and write your own children's book about hearing loss.
Idea At A Glance
A children’s story about hearing loss would expose children to a condition that they have yet to discuss with their parents. The concepts of hearing health and hearing aids would all be introduced to the home, possibly finding its way into family conversations.