Beginnings SC was created because there was a need.

 

• Children need to be identified as deaf or hard of hearing.

• Parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing need education and connections.

• Professionals need resources to more effectively serve families who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Why is Hearing Loss Awareness so Vital?

Incidence

Out of every 1,000 babies born, two have permanent hearing loss. By the age of six, six out of every 1,000 will have permanent hearing loss. (Bamford et.al, 2007) But out of all school-age children, 1 out of every 100 have a permanent hearing loss. (White, 2010)

Invisible Needs

There are an estimated 10,800 students with permanent hearing loss across South Carolina—yet only 1,115 children are identified as deaf or hard of hearing on their IEP through the Department of Education. (Child Count, 2011 SC Summary)

Where are the rest? And how are their needs being addressed?

1 out of 5

At the end of the third grade, only 20% of students with hearing loss can read at the third grade level.

Growing Brains

Thirty-five percent of preschool children with ear infections experience significant hearing loss with the infection. (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2007)

 the percent of preschool-age children with otherwise unaffected hearing that will lose access to incidental language with each ear infection

the age commonly known as the end of the “critical window of language development”

the age at which children are typically screened in the pediatrician’s office