Thanks to the internet, there are resources everywhere for everything. Here are a few of our favorites related to hearing loss.
- All Resources
- American Sign Language
- Facebook Groups
- Odds & Ends
This series is old and super cheesy but does a great job introducing sign. You have to create an account with DCMP but it’s free.
Baby Sign Language
This site does a great job showing basic signs through graphics and videos.
Dr. Bill Vicars (Deaf/hh) of “ASL University” is well known and regarded as a great ASL teacher.
Yes, this is my book! I wrote it about our experience having a deaf child and what the journey consists of.
Hearing Like Me
This site is full of great information about hearing loss, both from a parent and individual perspective.
Mama Hu Hears
Michelle is a pediatric audiologist who is deaf herself. She also offers a course for parents of deaf children!
Acclimating to Deaf Culture as a Hearing Family with a Deaf Child
This paper, written by Amanda Cooper, does a great job diving into the various aspects of raising a deaf child as a hearing parent.
Starkey Hearing Loss Simulator
Cochlear’s website has an awesome section with various programs catered to your child’s age.
Signs Of Hearing Loss In Babies and What to Do Next
MN Hands & Voices
MN Hands & Voices offers services and support for families with deaf or hard of hearing children.
Sign It! via My Deaf Child
You have to apply for this ASL program, but it’s an easy process and better yet, it’s free! The courses are a bit cheesy, but memorable.
Welcome to Holland Poem
A friend sent me this early on in our journey and I literally couldn’t even finish reading it the first time I tried. It still makes me cry every single time. It’s beautiful and so true.
My Battle Call by Valli Gideons
Valli is a mother to two children, both teens, with cochlear implants and literally everything she writes speaks to me. She has some great insight and advice.
Adults and Children with Waardenburg Syndrome
Since Waardenburg is so rare, it can be tough to connect with others with the same diagnosis. This group offers a way to do just that.
Support Group for Parents of Kids with Hearing Loss
This group has more than 5,000 members and is a great place to ask questions and get answers from those who have been there.
An ABC of Equality
This one hits on way more than just hearing loss, but I love it and it’s worth mentioning if teaching inclusion and equality is a priority.
Just Ask! Be Brave, Be Different, Be You
This book covers various ways that our kiddos are different.
Baby Sign Language Made Easy
Learning ASL can be intimidating. This book breaks it down to basics when it comes to introducing your baby to signs.
Switched at Birth
While the purpose of this show isn’t to teach ASL, you still pick up a good amount through the five seasons. It also offers some great insight into the Deaf community.
The ASL App
This app offers some free and some paid content, and was created by deaf adults. It’s nice to be able to just pull up on your phone and study anywhere.
This site offers various ASL courses for those at all levels and allows you to work at your own pace. It requires a paid membership, but is pretty affordable.
All Ears at Child’s Voice
This podcast is packed with information from both experts and families. It covers every aspect of hearing loss as it pertains to kids.
Powering Potential by Hearing First
I discovered this podcast very soon after Coop’s diagnosis and it was a lifesaver. It moved me to tears numerous times to hear other family’s stories and to really know we weren’t alone.