When I was 2 years old, my parents discovered that I had a profound hearing loss. Back then, supports and services were few and far between-parents didn't have the ability to connect through the internet or facebook. My parents worked hard to help me be successful. Now that I am a parent, I am even more grateful for what they helped me to accomplish through sheer love and determination. Back then, 2 was young. Now, most children are diagnosed through newborn hearing screening and can start wearing hearing aids as young as 2 months of age. It is hard for me to imagine learning how to be a parent and learning about my newborn's hearing loss. Programs like Clarke support families at this most vulnerable but important time in their children's lives- providing emotional support, information, hearing aids, and therapy.
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