Families of children, teens and adults living with hearing challenges, you are not alone!
We are here to provide support, education and resource information for individuals, families and professionals. Plus, we want to connect you with other parents and peers.
Parenting Special Needs Support Groups
Join our Support Groups in Benson, Litchfield, Olivia or Willmar, Minnesota.
Consider yourself cordially invited. Do you have questions or concerns about your child, teen or young adult? You are not alone! By being a part of our Support Group, you will find people who may have the same concerns as you do. You can bring your questions, concerns, or issues to our group. We are here to offer you support. Help you connect with others. Learn about your loved one’s diagnosis or challenging parenting moments.
A monthly social skills group for teens and young adults to age 30 years.
Lego Fun & Friendship Clubs
A social skills club focusing on making friends. Parents conduct a separate discussion with topics support lessons and offer support to one another.
Sign Language Classes for Family Members
Information, Referrals & Programming Ideas
Let us know how we can help you—
320-235-5310, ext. 206
Be sure to check our Events page and Active Lives Calendar.
Educational workshops, U-Empowered Conference, annual Halloween party, Family Picnic and Adventure Fair.
What are forms of hearing loss?
The distinction between acquired and congenital deafness specifies only the time that the deafness appears. It does not specify whether the cause of the deafness is genetic (inherited).
Congenital deafness similarly may or may not be genetic. For example, it may be associated with a white forelock, and be caused by a genetic disease called Waardenburg syndrome. In fact, more than half of congenital hearing loss is inherited. Alternatively, congenital deafness may be due to a condition or infection to which the mother was exposed during pregnancy, such as the rubella virus.
Hearing loss can also be classified based on which portions of the hearing system (auditory system) are affected. When the nervous system is affected, it is referred to as sensorineural hearing loss. When the portions of the ear that are responsible for transmitting the sound to the nerves are affected, it is referred to as conductive hearing loss.
Conditions affecting the cochlea, eighth cranial nerve, spinal cord, or brain cause sensorineural hearing loss. Examples include:
- Meniere's disease,
- hearing loss of aging (presbycusis),
- nerve injury from
- hearing loss of unknown cause (idiopathic hearing loss),
- nerve tumors and;
- drug toxicity (such as aspirin and aminoglycosides).
Conditions that affect the ear canal, eardrum (tympanic membrane), and middle ear lead to conductive hearing loss. Examples of conductive hearing loss include:
HELPFUL LINKS FOR YOU:
The Difference in Language Acquisition for Signing and Non-Signing Children
From Us To You
CSD’s Thriving With Your Deaf Child (CAL NEWS)
DeafMD is an innovative website providing accurate, concise, and valuable health information in American Sign Language.
This 16-minute TED video talks about growing up to become a deaf superhero and the importance of deaf schools.
The closed captions are available in English and over 50 languages.
Deaf Culture Online
Active Lives Calendar
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