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Today’s hearing technologies, early intervention and targeted, individualized teaching methods make it possible for most children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and participate socially and academically in their own local general education classrooms. Learning spoken language gives children an advantage in learning to read and write. Acquiring listening and spoken language skills can expand an individual’s choices, foster independence and broaden opportunities in life.

Children whose hearing loss is identified within the first year of life often graduate from CID able to participate socially and academically in kindergarten or first grade.*


*This may not hold true for children with additional learning and other disabilities. Progress can also be slowed by factors such as lack of hearing device use at home during a child’s early months and years.