Hearing Loss in Childhood

I was born with inner-ear deformities, so I have dealt with hearing loss my entire life.

In school, I struggled to hear the teacher.  As a result, I was viewed as intellectually challenged.  I was also punished for failing to follow directions that I never heard or that I misunderstood.

I couldn’t explain to the adults in my life what was happening.  I didn’t understand it myself.  I didn’t know the other children were hearing things that I missed.

For me, I think the saddest part of growing up with a hearing disability, is believing I was stupid and that I would never succeed in school or in life.



15 thoughts on “Hearing Loss in Childhood

  1. Filosopete says:

    Where I grew up in Worcester, South Africa, there even today is the De La Bat School, an organ of the Institute for the Deaf. My own father taught there for a while.

    Coming from a community where also blind people are educated and employed, I have great empathy with and an understanding of people living with such challenges.

    Suffering from aphasia & dysphasia myself, over and above mild industrial deafness.

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      • Filosopete says:

        I can imagine, they get so much help, practical things. Our town is the Care Capital of South Africa. It is amazing to see what one can achieve. My wife worked with a boy who was deaf, mute and blind and found a way to teach him ways to communicate basic things.


  2. It’s sad that that was the conclusion they were drawn to. Having had a brief experience with hearing loss as an adult, I can empathise. However, since I knew what I had lost, I can’t begin to understand the frustration you had to deal with as a child, not knowing what you were missing.

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    • It was very isolating and I didn’t have any childhood friends. However, it did make me a resilient and determined person. I eventually learned to stand up for myself and not allow others to put me down because of my disability.


  3. Hi Lynn, I look forward to following your blog. Thank you for following mine. Since I’m new to your site, I don’t know much about you. How did your parents deal with your hearing loss? Did you eventually have hearing aids in childhood? Did you join the Deaf community at any point and learn to sign? Where are you now and at what stage of dealing with your hearing loss.

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    • My parents didn’t know how to deal with my disability, but they tried. My mom always made sure I was in the front row in class. The school didn’t offer any accommodations, so that was the best she could get. I did have hearing aids in childhood and learned sign language in my 20’s. Being around other people that understood my struggles and communicating without talking was a major turning point in my life. I learned to accept my disability. I have a BAHA implant which has been great, because it bypasses my inner-ear. Although, I only wear the BAHA when I am out in public. I prefer my quite world. 🙂

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  4. Standardized education. A scary, Orwellian concept. Can we standardize children? Each will walk at 13 months, each will hear this tonal range, each will know the alphabet at 4, each will count with numbers (including written symbols) at 6. Each will have 20-20 vision, and none will have mysterious conditions within their brains that make them different.
    Why are all children expected to perform exactly the same as the next?
    Did anyone notice: adults don’t all perform the same, either?
    Schooling: a necessary evil.

    Seek peace,



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