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Baby signing time empowered:

Your child may not hear too well, but are young infants and toddlers smarter than we think?

My neighbors children were as young as 6 months old when they start learning these simple skills. But their hand control may not have quite been there yet. The children may not have had the hand control to be able to repeat moves back to anyone until he or she is 8 or 9 months old. Although, they knew it would be a time-consuming task, they had a ‘good time signing’ with their child. 

My neighbor friend started teaching these skills to their children when they thought they were ready – even if they can’t mimic back yet. But when baby signing time come in a way you’d feel satisfied, then you’ll know and accept it.

Here you’ll find a breakdown regarding hearing impaired babies and stages of development. 

A Brainy Child


Children are a lot smarter about language than we thought, and can communicate in gestures. Toddlers also appear to be much more intellectually advanced. 

                           Toddler Getting Ears Tested

Like with my neighbor’s family, It’s only natural that his wife wanted all her children healthy at birth with no medical concerns at all. Hearing issues should not hinder a child’s developmental growth in life.

The family was informed from medical professionals and other parents who’ve gone through this, that it is not an easy task if hearing issues arise. So it’s suggested they learn and teach their children sign language if need be.

It’s also brought to their attention that many kids are born with this type of disability.

Parent’s glow in the moment of any new addition to the family. Their only concern is their child’s development as he or she grows older through life. But in case something is wrong, there is help for parents of children with hearing loss or partial impairment.

Early Detection


You’ve noticed something’s not right with your child. You try speaking, he or she doesn’t acknowledge your presence; unless you are standing right in front of them (see hearing loss symptoms in children).

After weeks of concern, you take the child in for an evaluation. But just for precautions, you start looking into the importance of special needs for toddlers.

You’ll be amazed to learn that when you teach baby signs so early in their young lives, it’ll be much easier for them to adapt and communicate better among a hearing community.

After further review you come to find your child has partially hearing loss in both ears. The doctor informed you that some infants are unfortunately born this way.

The doctor also points out that educating yourself on early detection involving a child’s hearing issue is something that he recommends to all concerned parents.

good-time-signing-a-good-use-of-sign-language            An interpreter for the deaf using sign language

He then question about the family history, and as far as they know, the immediate family is fine.

My friend’s family also tell their doctor that they’re not sure of the hearing health of other distant relatives in your family tree.

So while in conference with the doctor, they have many questions.

At this point, they want to get the full understanding of this devastating disability that could possibly hit the family. The doctor also mention reading a report on hearing impairment: definitions, assessment management that can help further the understanding of certain words that may be puzzling.

My Past Story: Remembering Raymond 


All this brings to mind back in late September 1960, when I was growing up on the west side of Chicago, (better known as the ‘Windy City’),  we had a favorite family we’d visit two houses down in the next block.

Fall was here and a new school year had just begun.

Mr & Mrs. Robbins, I recall was the name. We knew them for years. Mr. & Mrs. Robbin’s and the kids appeared to be basically in good health; as far as I could tell.

They had three other daughters. The oldest brother was my best friend in school. Back during those times, I never took it seriously when some one had some type of disability.

I was just a young ignorant kid out having fun without a care in the world. No rent to pay. No bills to deal with.

The only thing I placed all my focus on was chasing the girls and seeing what I could get out of them.

But while in school I did have a best friend. My friend’s name was Raymond. He was cool and we got along just great. I got to know his sister’s as well.

                         Young sister’s happily posing

But as our friendship grew, I started to notice something about Raymond that really irritated me.

Every time I spoke to Raymond, most of the time he ignores me. Hey, was he doing this on purpose or just playing around?

This is my best friend! What’s wrong with him? What in the world did I do?”

Later at home, I’d spoke with my mom about Raymond’s behavior. Sometimes he’d talk, other times he would not pay any attention to me.

I found out later Raymond was suffering from hearing loss and was very surprised (you can imagine how I felt; especially after the way he was teased called stupid.

Boy! I felt like kicking myself right in the butt. I didn’t know! To think, poor Raymond just couldn’t help himself.

You would think the teachers and other school staff members knew of Raymond’s condition, but I was never aware.

Families back during those times, (I’m talking about the late 50’s) didn’t have the money or any type of resources to help their child who were born with a hearing impairment.

       Boy discover sound during left ear hearing test.

My family didn’t have much either, but still tried to offer financial support to the Robbins family.

Now that I think back today, hospitals back then were not too knowledgeable in regards to treating hearing loss.

I don’t believe they had any good, qualified men or women who specialized in this field. Parents searching for treatment for their baby were not well-informed.

Not many teachers during this time were available. More classrooms specializing in hearing disabilities would have been very helpful back then.

So in conclusion to Raymond’s story, it makes us feel lucky that with today’s advanced early hearing detection and universal screening regarding symptoms of hearing loss, we’re able to offer hearing impaired children a better quality of life. 

What’s good now is the fact that a person can take courses specializing in this particular field and attend any of the listed schools offered in your state. Even your local community college may offer this in their school curriculum.

People that just can’t afford college classes can now apply for a federal grant and start educating themselves.


Many Helpful Teaching/Learning Tools


There are other helpful tools and material offered online. Some in the form of books, games, flashcards and websites such as special needs fact sheet on hearing impairment that you can use to help through the training process. 

Most Babies Learn Through Interaction


Let it be known that a child with a hearing impairment can be taught to communicate through body and facial motion, but not all will learn to speak clearly. Some children learn to lip-read well, while others never fully mastered the skill. Some at a much slower pace than others.

Now you just have to pay a little more attention. Just as learning to crawl is so exciting that it inspires young children to learn to walk.

As far as not being able to hear, the young child is still too young to realize why the world that surrounds him or her is silent. The only comforting thing is knowing you’re there.

It’s also worth noting that music, songs and chants are a perfect medium for helping children develop vocabulary and strong language skills. It’s easy to understand, therefore, how songs can be a useful way to practice and reinforce communication as well.

If you enjoy singing with your disabled child, you can sing and motion in baby signing time, during your daily communicating activities.

So remember, a loving bond between a parent and their hearing impaired child is the greatest feat a parent could ever accomplish.


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  1. Taufique Ahmed

    From the start, take me a debt of gratitude is in order for this post. For a couple of days, I am searching for this kind of post. By perusing this post I have come to adapt such huge numbers of things. I have a kid and needed him to encourage my kid gesture-based communication with the goal that my youngster can impart prior before he can talk and he doesn’t have any conference constraints. I think this is a good thought. Each family ought to follow this. It encourages youngsters to learn at any age. This article should peruse by everybody and therefore, I like to share it.

    Much obliged again for sharing this sort of wonderful article.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you my friend Taufique for commenting. Your interest in my post is well appreciated. And yes, you have my permission to share this post with your social media downline. Children with hearing limitations have a voice just like the rest of us. (They just communicate in a different way.) Learning at an early age through constant communication is ‘key.’ Thank you for visiting.

  2. Mohamad Hakawati

    First of all, thank you, sir, for such an informative article. It really helps a lot of parents. Especially in this generation.
    Where these young kids are more open to the world with their new visions, I believe old ways won’t open new doors.
    learning signs is so important nowadays, it is somehow popular from a culture to another. In my country Lebanon, we frankly use signs to express our feelings.

    Sir, you deserve all the credits for that effort. I really enjoyed reading it.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks for reading Mohamad. I’m glad you found it helpful. I agree that this information will bring to light how important communication is among children and parents. Signing should be learned by all parents; especially those who deal in the educational system. Thanks again for visiting. Please share my post.

  3. Feji ben

    What an inspiring story,My son has shown some of the same symptoms that you discuss..I would get him checked soon.I must say you have a very great site layout, and series of informational posts. What I found most interesting is your post about baby’s signing.Keep up the great work and inspiring others,

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Feji for your compliments. I try to inform my readers with information on topics that hopefully will make an impact on families lives. It seems it’s always someone’s family member affected with an hearing issue. It seem to be common with children and adults. Please share this post.

  4. It’s not easy for parents who have hearing impaired children. In developed countries, there are teachings and techniques you cited. This wonderful post you wrote has given me some thought. to help children with hearing impairment. We also have television shows that are specifically for hearing impaired children. I hope that medicine will find a solution to this problem as well.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Yes my friend Kozakiv, there are many tools and services which cater to the hearing impaired. Children, who are born with a hearing disabilities, struggle at a young age to fit in among their peers. Specially skilled teachers help out greatly for the hearing impaired to have a better future. Please share with others

  5. Its not exactly easy to come to terms with the fact that your gorgeous baby has a problem with hearing. It can be difficult to accept, and difficult to deal with. probably the reason Parents never fully embrace the idea of teaching their toddlers sign language. But I can also think teaching them from infancy can help a great deal.

    You shouldn’t be hard on yourself with Raymond. As you rightly said, you were too young to understand.

    The good thing about all of this though is that there’s been a massive advancement in the treatment of hearing impairment since the 50s.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks Lyke, for checking in with me. This subject is very educational and should be shared by many. Hearing loss affects many and should be treated by a professional ENT to determine the extent of the problem. Babies are smarter than we think and it’s never too late to teach them sign language. Please share my post with others.

  6. Nimrodngy

    Hello. Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing article. 

    I am a father about a year I want to say that this is my greatest achievement and I am the happiest ever. Until I read your article I didn’t know there exist a baby language. Even yesterday I was thinking with my wife how to do that sometimes we do not know what our child wants, we do not know if it hurts something or if he suffered something. I would really like to find a class where this baby language can be learned. I think this is beneficial for both children with problems and normal children without any problems. Thanks again for this post. If you don’t mind, I will share it on my social media account.

    Wish you all the best

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you my friend for stopping by. By all means, please share this post to all your social media downline. I feel this post is very educational and should be viewed and read by others. Also, congrats to you Nimrodny, on becoming a proud parent. Children are beautiful and we want them to have the greatest of good health as they grow. Do you have a little boy or girl, my friend?

  7. Hello, this is another great website you have and I want to first appreciate your effort in writing this article. Toddlers are usually very sensitive to everything and always eager to know and understand everything. The video does explain how to understand children with some concerns in their hearing system and it is really helpful. Thank you for this post 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Yes Benny, my friend. babies are smarter than we think. From the start as little tots growing up, children with hearing disabilities can absorb knowledge quicker than you’d imagine. Along with the love of caregivers, babies and young toddlers can absorb information at a substantial pace. Please share my post with others. 

  8. My cousin is hard of hearing and she wears a device in her ear to amplify sounds so that she can hear better. She had problems talking earlier on in life but she is doing great now! She even has a degree from University.

    I remember how hard it was for her growing up because she didn’t have friends but she really committed to learning how to read lips and that has helped her tremendously today.

    You would not even know she had a hearing impairment.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Wow Reyhana, what a fantastic ending to someone who dealt with a rough start in life. I could only imagine it had to be tough for your cousin, not able to communicate with others in the normal way. Her determination with reading lips paid off. She bounced back in a BIG way, earning a degree from a university. Good job! As they say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way”

  9. I was told as a child, that I had a severe viral infection when I was very small which had caused me to lose complete hearing in my right ear.

    However, they only picked up this hearing loss, when I started going to primary school, and they noticed that I was unresponsive, unless,I was ‘facing” them.

    My father took this as a bigger shock than me. I think till today he is worried about me. However, as we speak, the left ear is not doing too good, as I am getting ringing and its making things tough.

    Anyway, I want to share with your readers, that if you are a parent of child who has the hearing problem , or if you have the hearing problem yourself, there is no need to be ashamed or embarrassed.

    As you said, today’s technology is more advanced and learning sign language and wearing a hearing aid can really make life easier.

    Trust me, I am living living proof of it. And I also, became a good lip-reader.

    Thanks for an awesome article

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Roopesh, thank you for commenting. Hearing loss in a child is a devastating thing. You experienced hearing issues early on in your youth. Thanks for sharing your story to us and the world. Also, when you mentioned your school, that’s a very good thing that they recognized what you had and took the initiative to do something about it.

      I also agree with you my friend, that no one needs to be embarrassed regarding their hearing disability. A person should consider themself Blessed when born normal with no inner ear complications. Roopesh, if you need quick relief regarding ‘ringing in the ear’ then click here:  https://tinyurl.com/y84xc2f6

  10. Thank you so much for this informative post. It really gives hope to parents with children who have been disadvantaged by hearing impairments.
    It is more encouraging to know that taking measures in teaching baby signs so early in their lives has a massive impact in that it makes it easy for them to adapt and communicate better with other people.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Zegu for coming to my site and commenting. Really appreciate it. I try to make my articles as detailed and informative as I can for my readers. Hearing loss is a physical illness that affects many individuals worldwide. Some are born with this, and some lose their hearing over time. 

      It’s a global condition affecting many families here at home and abroad. Whatever it takes to uplift families knowledge, either through endurance of social education or the like, will give hope and assurance to those affected. 

      I agree that when babies learn early sign their communication skills greatly increases their chances of communicating on all levels, As they age and become more involved with their peers in the hearing and non-hearing communities, they’ll be better able to adapt and grow as normal individuals.  

  11. rjkennedy

    First of all, thank you for such important and valuable information. We had a case in our family, and I know how much efforts and time parents invested to learn how to deal with the child. Unfortunately, they did not have much help and advice at that time (more than 30 years ago). Having 3 grandchildren, I am always trying to convince my kids to be very cautious regarding checking baby’s hearing. I will be referring them to your site.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m happy to be able to provide my readers with valuable information they can always use. I find that more and more families are affected with this disease and are always seeking out information covering this subject. I’m glad I can be a part of their lives.

      When you mentioned the work that is put in by parents handling this, it can be a daunting task. An energy draining effort! But just through sheer love from the parent, they don’t mind the extra work put forward.

      I agree with you that back-in-the-day, the technology wasn’t there. It’s also sad that the subject on hearing loss wasn’t offered in school. Registering students didn’t have this in their curriculum. Now most states offer this.Please share this article with others. Thank you!

  12. I am a first time mom and I never knew that there is such a thing as baby language until after my baby was born, I started to visit baby classes. One of the classes offered in our city is baby sign language. I later found out more information about the class and enrolled into it. Since we started practicing with my baby some of the signs (she was 8m that time), I found out that she actually started mimicking the gestures and trying to signal me some of the basic staff (like food time or nap time). I do believe that baby sign language is very important not only for babies with potential hearing problems but for all babies! It helps us to understand out babies better and not to get upset on smith that your baby is not able to speak out.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Anna, how are you? Thanks for dropping in and commenting, Being a first time mom is an exciting time in your life. New baby. New plans. A lot to learn as evident in your realization that babies & toddlers can pick up on sign language just as easy as picking up on other gestures. (Hey, I’ve said this before in my earlier post, that babies are smarter than we think).

      You were lucky that you had the opportunity to take classes offered in your city. Most cities don’t offer any programs such as this. Learning sign early and teaching to your child is a major plus. I’ve always have said that all parents with young children should acquire this skill to teach to hearing and non-hearing children.

      You’re doing great, Anna, to help you to further your signing skills & education in regards to the continued advancement of your child, I strongly recommend you go here and get this cd, https://tinyurl.com/yb3hsoe6

      There’s only two left in stock! Anna, as your child age, this cd will keep your knowledge sharp in regards to hearing loss in children and adults.

      Anna, this highly informative and easy-to-follow Power Point presentation provides a complete overview of basic information about how hearing loss is defined, what are its consequences, communication options, and accommodation technologies. Those new to audio-metric testing will learn how to understand the implications of audiogram results and the meaning of associated medical terminology. Various communication methodologies (e.g., sign language, speech reading) are explored and strategies offered for optimizing communication.

      Again Anna, I want to thank you for checking in. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  13. My children taught my grands signing and were able to communicate with them prior to their oral skills development. It relieved a lot of potential frustration in not understanding wants and needs. I can only imagine a lifetime of that relief due to not being able to communicate with hearing and speaking words. Really good information and insight. I loved your story about Raymond.
    I had a friend who sang in church using signing, it was poetic and enhanced the song for all of us. What other experiences of signing being used in the regular population do you know of? Is this becoming a language option in schools?

    • Hi Annie, Thank you for checking in and reading my site. Hearing loss is an issue that I was surprised, touched so many families around the globe. This hearing issue is a problem that is on-going and not going away any time soon. That was a smart move on your children’s part to teach their children sign language while still at a young age.

      I always recommend this to my readers to do this with their children. I feel a good line of communication will open up among children in the non-hearing community. Better relations would exist among teachers, parents and students.

      Annie, some schools offer this as a regular part of their curriculum studies and still other schools have the option of offering this in their program. There are so many young folks in our society with hearing loss, that I think it should be placed in the school program. Then there’s always the issue of having enough qualified instructors to teach this. So still more work is to be done in our system.

      Thank you for liking my story. Its so sad that back then, technology wasn’t as good as today or Raymond could have gotten better treatment. (Then again, there’s an issue of money. Everyone was poor). Hopefully, in our society today, things will be better for all.

      I want to thank you Annie for commenting. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  14. My children taught my grands signing and were able to communicate with them prior to their oral skills development. It relieved a lot of potential frustration in not understanding wants and needs. I can only imagine a lifetime of that relief due to not being able to communicate with hearing and speaking words. Really good information and insight. I loved your story about Raymond.
    I had a friend who sang in church using signing, it was poetic and enhanced the song for all of us. What other experiences of signing being used in the regular population do you know of? Is this becoming a language option in schools?

  15. Hi Ronald, infants and toddlers are amazing little humans with the potential to learn more than we give them credit for. My son and daughter-in-law began teaching my grand daughter sign language when she was 7 months old. She is almost 3 and proficient in sign language, and has a good grasp of the English language. I believe that learning sign language at such an early age helped her speak as well as she does. Thanks for sharing the story of your friend. Did he find a solution to his hearing problem?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Deborah, how’s it going? Thank you for stopping by and visiting me. In regards to infants and toddlers, relating to hearing loss, most people don’t realize that babies are smarter than we think. I’ve mentioned this before in my other past post. Their little minds are amazing! They can obtain and absorb so much.

      What your son and daughter-in-law have done with their daughter, regarding teaching sign early on when she was a baby, is fantastic. They made a smart move. As your granddaughter grow older and meet other deaf youths, she’ll be able to communicate with those in the non-hearing community with great proficiency and comfort.

      As you stated regarding your granddaughter, learning sign language at an early age and speaking English so well later, goes hand-in-hand. I always felt parents should pick up this skill and teach it to their children. It would help the child in the classroom if their are other deaf pupils present. There should be more special need classes opening up in cities that specializes on this subject.

      As for my friend Raymond, there’s not much that was offered back then, to someone who’s hearing impaired. Raymond had no structure, No guidance. We were all poor. This was back in the late 50’s. Technology wasn’t nothing like it is today! Even a cheap hearing aid back then, would have helped a little. But it was what it was. A sad situation.

      I want to thank you again my friend, for dropping in. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  16. Hi Ronald!
    What an inspiring story! My Grandson has shown some of the same symptoms that you discuss. He’ll be evaluated soon. Great site layout of content that takes you to through a series of informational posts. What I found most interesting is your post about baby’s signing.
    Keep up the great work and inspiring others,

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Martin, thanks for dropping in and commenting. I’m glad you found my writings inspiring and fond value in it. It’s sorta surprising to me how this issue affects so many families or someone whose close to them. I’m sorry to hear that your Grandson is affected by this issue. This has affected many families.

      Early evaluation and testing is always helpful to families. And through the testing of the ear specialist treating him. they can determine the degree of hearing loss. Just contact a good audiologist in the state where you live.

      Also, thanks for the praise and appreciation of the hard work regarding the assembly my site. My baby signing post has gain much interest from my readers. Of course, my other sites also gained much attention.

      Thank you my friend Martin for coming by. Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  17. Hello Ronald,
    It is fantastic subject. I didn’t think it before. I always ignore it. When I read your content I couldn’t believe that the very young baby can learn sign language. I like your story. It is very helpful to understand these people. May be can you give more advice for young parent?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Nil, thank you for coming by and commenting on my article. I try to make my articles as detailed and interesting as I can. I’m also happy this article was interesting enough that you stuck around. (I’ll pat myself on the back for that one. I must be doing something right) LOL.

      There are many readers who came upon my site and were also just as surprised as you. They didn’t know babies can learn sign at a very young age. I’ve always said before babies are smarter than you think. Here’s some facts: some babies can learn simple signs as young as 6 months.

      But your baby may not have the hand control to be able to sign back to you until she’s 8 or 9 months old. You can start teaching signs to your baby when you think she’s ready – even if she or he can’t sign back yet.

      Remember that the sooner you start working with your baby, the sooner they’ll start signing back.The only thing I could recommend for soon to be new parents, to watch out for any abnormal symptoms regarding hearing habits, Better yet, go to my other site https://babydosign.com/hearing…  This will give you some very interesting insights regarding hearing loss symptoms in children. Nil, let me know what you think. 

      I want to thank you again for checking in. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  18. asmithxu

    This is so true- parents must always love and support their children. If the child has a hearing impairment, the parents will have to do more, but I think that it is worth it. It is so sad that some parents won’t even try to learn sign language to help their child. (though I often wonder what I would do in the same situation).

    What sort of support do they have for the parents?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hello my friend, thank you for stopping by and reading my article. Yes, I feel that with love and much support, the deaf child and family can strongly unite in more ways than one. Those parents, who recognize issues with there child but slow to respond to seeking a solution, only hurts the deaf child’s well being.

      There are a number of ways to be successful raising a deaf or hard of hearing child. No one plan or formula will work for everyone. You must do what you believe is right for your child and family. Getting to know parents of other deaf children is a start. All parents want what is best for their child. Meeting other parents and learning about their experiences can help you find out about options, resources and can serve as a means of support.

      Also, It’s good if parents get to know deaf and hard of hearing role models. Spending time with deaf and hard of hearing role models can help you understand what it means to be deaf. Your deaf or hard of hearing child can achieve the same academic, social, and personal fulfillment as hearing children. 

      Increasing Literacy Skills, through recommended reading, with Your Deaf Infant is another means of support. It is never too early to communicate with your child, especially if they are deaf or hard of hearing.

      At this time, I want to thank you Asmit, for dropping by. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  19. PaulaWaldeck

    I enjoyed reading your article. It is really wonderful how far we have come when it comes to helping people with disabilities. I was touched by your story about your friend. It had to be hard trying to grow up and fit in with everyone. Especially during a time when the rescources we have now were not available.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Paula. Thanks for checking in. Really appreciate your commenting and enjoying my article. Hearing disability is a very sensitive subject that touches many people’s lives, all over the globe.

      When I first started writing on this issue, it never dawned on me how many folks, their families and people they know are affected by this crippling disability. Studies have shown that about 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents. 

      In regards to my friend Raymond, it’s too bad I didn’t know back then, what I know know. I was much younger, but could have understood him as a person and what he was going through. Back in those days, medical issues were more or less, left untreated because doctors didn’t know how to handle it. 

      As you stated, medical technology and its resources has come a long way! Thank God!

      At this time, I want to thank you for stopping by Paula. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  20. Hi Ronald,

    I am very touched by the effort you have put into this very important topic. It is hard for parents to suddenly discover that their precious one is not responding to sound.

    My heart goes out to all those who have suffered because no one understood their hearing challenges and were brutally insulted affected growing up. I know of a few and no one should have to go through that.

    The resources you have presented here are definitely an exhaustive and positive approach. A big help in going in the right direction, and dealing with this life-changing episode.

    I am grateful to God for the research and for people like you, concerning the wonderful progress that has been made in the early detection and in the treatment of hearing loss.


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi David. Thanks for commenting on my post. I’m glad you liked my post and found some value in it. This is a sensitive subject and I’m here to make sure that many others understand the severity of this disability. It’s devastating, after a woman gives birth, to find out her child is partially or totally deaf. 

      As this child develops and grows through life, he or she is possibly subjected to taunts and other mental abuse from other kids. Of course, you would think those ‘other kids’ should know better through home training and being taught to respect others (but sadly, this isn’t always the case).

      It’s a cruel society we live in. There’s too much ignorance across the globe! More understanding on this issue should be taught in our classes. Maybe ‘deafness in infants’ should be listed as a prerequisite course for newly enrolled college students majoring in speech therapy. We’ll see what happens down the road. In the meantime, I’ll do what I can through my writings and posted articles.

      David, please share this article with others through social media. Thanks again for checking in.

  21. Hi Ronald,

    Thank you for this post. I found this very interesting to read and I remember having that fear when my 3 children were young. Thankfully they were all ok.

    I do think that it would be a good thing to teach children sign language at school as it they do not have that problem or anyone within their family with hearing problems then they would not learn such a thing a sign language. It would help them if they had a friend who had problems and signed as they would know how to sign back.

    It is good to see how much these things have come on and I can understand that you felt so bad about your friend once you discovered that he had hearing problems.

    Thank you again for this informative and interesting post.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hello my friend Cheryl. How are you? Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I’ve always felt that this is an important subject that people should be aware of. Hearing loss affects many of us. Like you stated, when someone have children, you never know how their health will be affected.

      I remember when my daughters were born. The first thing I checked for is making sure they had all their fingers and toes. Also, their hearing was ok as well. 

      What you said about hearing children learning sign to communicate with the non-hearing was right on point. I’ve said that many times before in my past replies to others, that it’s not a bad idea. Better communication among friends and others suffering from this disease will be set in place; not to mention sound education taught regarding learning a new skill.

      I wish that I knew sign back then, when I was much younger. I would’ve been able to communicate with those back then (like my friend), who couldn’t hear, but would’ve made things easier for all of us to deal with.

      Cheryl, I want to thank you again for checking in. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  22. Very informative post. Thanks!

    As I’m very ignorant on this matter I had no idea that children as young as 6 months old were able to start learning sign language. This is really amazing!

    Wouldn’t it be great if we all (with or without hearing impairment) were taught basic sign language at school?

    Again, thanks for the post. I loved what I just learned with you.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Eliane and thank you for your comment. I’m glad I bought some new information in your life. I try to educate people on subjects they’re not aware of or just plain old curious about. 

      Yes Eliane, babies are smarter than we think. Those little minds are highly underestimated in regards to absorbing and comprehending information. It’s just amazing how they learn sign at such an early age. You’re not the only one lacking this knowledge. A lot of folks, unfamiliar with children signing, didn’t know that either.

      I agree with what you said about sign language being taught in school to students. There are some states that have schools that cater exclusively to hearing impaired students. High school and college grades. Then there are schools that have mixed students, hearing and non-hearing, sharing the same classroom.

      I’ve also said before in other post, that it would be a great thing if parents learn sign despite any disabilities in the family.

      Thank you Eliane for stopping by. Please share my site with others. I’ve found there are many families dealing with this issue than I thought.  

  23. Thank you for writing this article to remind us all of how far we have come. As a parent of a child with mild hearing loss, it was hard for me to understand why my child wasn’t talking yet or what I could do to help them. I purchased a book to help with sign language for children and it was really useful. We need more help in this area. I honestly believe that early intervention makes a huge difference in a child’s life. I have a question for you though, what advice do you have for someone who lives in a rural town with limited resources?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi GBIG, thanks for stopping by. Glad you visited my site. When it comes right down to families dealing with hearing loss, there’s still more research to be done. Funding these specialized programs, depending on what state you’re in, sometimes become an issue. Sorry that this issue of hearing loss, affected your child. But one good thing is that you did recognized the problem and got right on it.

      I agree with you that material and other products offered online today, regarding this issue, are excellent tools that are very helpful to parents going through this. GBIG, have you looked into cd’s that help better communication through signing & teaching skills? Check out this link GBIG, where more helpful products are offered:   As you stated, early intervention makes a great deal of difference. Sadly, many parents don’t quite understand the seriousness of this problem, don’t act quickly enough and the problem have the tendency to worsen. Living in a rural town, as you stated, I understand that the population in your community is small.

      To clarify things, did you want to know how to go about seeking a professional person in your rural area and you were concerned about the cost? Or were you looking for low-cost products that can help with your current situation? If so, look here: Please get back to me GBIG with more clarification. I want to help you the best way I can.


  24. Hey Ron, What a great article is this. I do agree with you that learning sign can benefits in our life, perhaps not now but I am sure in the long term.

    From What I know people or parent only learn the sign and taking up course if their close one having the hearing disability only. Which I really hope more people and family member able to read your article and act differently.

    Awesome Article Ron regards to the world of deafness in babies and toddlers.

    I wish to read more your articles.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hello Maxx and thank you for dropping in and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed my article and see value in it. Hearing loss affects millions of children. Like you stated, it’s a good thing when parents take hold of of the sign language skills just for the sake of just knowing it.

      Parents who do acquire these skills early can benefit their children’s educational needs regarding sign language. When these children come in contact with non-hearing children, they’ll be able to better communicate with them in society.

      I would hope other parents reading this would understand the importance of learning early signing and instilling this knowledge in their young.

      Thanks again Maxx for commenting. Let me know if I can help with anything else.

  25. Hi Ronald!

    Your article is so informative!

    I especially love how in the section on the importance of bonding, you emphasize treating a deaf child the same as you would a child with no disability, I can imagine it being hard not to be overly protective and overbearing.

    Learning and teaching the baby sign language early on would be an empowering and great bonding experience for parent and baby.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Ashley and thanks for checking in. Hearing loss can be devastating for any family with small children. When it’s discovered that one or more of your children is deaf, your first response should be to determine to what extent is the deafness. A good ENT specialist should be able to supply the answer there, if not the next step is an audiologist.

      I guess it would be out of natural instinct to favor an hearing impaired child over a hearing child. In a parents mind, they feel with their protection they are keeping the child safe from danger seen and unseen. (mother knows what’s best).

      Sometimes being over-protective could be over-bearing to a child and doesn’t allow any room for normal growth. Parents must learn in life that as the child age, using the ‘special language’ taught to them will open up better communication and personal developmental growth among their ‘hearing’ peers.

      Thank you Ashley for commenting. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.

  26. I love your site layout, it makes it so easy to navigate and read.

    I have a 8 month old daughter and what you said about babies learning from facial and body expressions is spot on.

    I notice she loves it when I’m full of energy and running around with her. She is a busy body herself so its good to know that i can influence her with my actions.

    Bring a fun and humorous attitude to life everyday is a great tip! Thanks for this article.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Mohamed and thanks for checking in. I try to present as much detailed information that I possibly can to my readers. Hearing loss affects millions of people and there is never enough information out there that would cover this subject in detail. I feel that sign language is a skill that parents with children should pickup and store it in their arsenal of knowledge.

      You mentioned your daughter. You didn’t say, but I assume that she has some type of hearing issue. I hope she’s getting all the help needed. Babies and toddlers usually are pretty curious at that age and mimic their parents on most things. Sounds like you have a beautiful and joyful relationship with your daughter. Good for you!

      Thanks again Mohamed for dropping in. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  27. This was an eye-opening post. It truly is amazing what babies can pick up at an early age. I know many moms who have babies who do not have a hearing disability who also use sign language because all babies can sign before they learn to speak. I definitely agree that whether your child has a disability or not, offering lots of love and gentle caresses will help them later in life no matter what!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Katie, for commenting. As I’ve said before in my earlier post, babies are smarter than we think. They can pickup quickly on many things. I think it’s a cool thing, when moms or moms-to-be learn sign even when they’re not experiencing any disabilities in their own family. (a little extra knowledge won’t hurt).

      Moms will never know when those additional signing training skills may come in handy. A parent could easily communicate with other parents and children residing in the deaf community. So many toddlers and children are affected by this devastating condition.

      Yes I agree Katie that love conquer all. I also feel that there’s nothing like good tight bonding among families and their children that will keep them closer together.

      Thank you again Katie for checking in. Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  28. The deaf world and sign language is something i can relate to. My ex girl friend was deaf and l took a sign language course up to stage 2 British BSL. Apparently children and babies adapt very quickly to sign language as a first language and as they get older gradually learn lip reading and integrate into the hearing community.Your site has sent the message out very well and it is written very well.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Andrew. Thanks for checking in. Hearing issues affect many families all over the world. Most, if the issue is caught early enough, can experience some hearing relief and corrections through either surgery or properly fitted hearing aids.

      As far as your ex-girlfriend is concerned, maybe some help could have been provided to her growing up, unless she was born completely deaf. I feel with today’s technology and it’s design in newer type deices, better help is provided for those needed.

      As you mentioned, those ‘little ones’ are smarter than you’d think, and can adapt very well to the language of sign. And as they age and start attending school, they’ll be able to better communicate with the hearing and also the non-hearing.

      Thanks again for checking in Andrew. Let me know if I could help you with anything else.

  29. ajones64

    Hey, Ron an excellent post. This is the first time that I have come across this type of post. You have brought a million people to live right here.

    I am a 53-year-old man that have had a hearing deficiency for as long as I can remember. I too had to learn how to read lips and match the sound that I thought was coming from a person’s mouth to understand what was being said to me.

    Like your friend Raymond I too was called stupid and dumb because of my hearing problem. If you were not standing in front of me when you were speaking to me I would not know what you were saying to me. Appearing that you thought I was ignoring you.

    This page brought back memories for me as well Ron. Yes, I agree this is one thing that is not always obvious for new parents. Thank you for sharing your experience with us about your friend Raymond.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Ajones64. How are you? Thanks for checking in and commenting. glad you liked it. I try to add value and helpful info to all my writings. Yes, hearing loss can affect us at all ages. With today’s technology and advanced devices, a child or adult can experience something they had never experienced before….clear hearing and sound.

      You said Raymond’s story bought back a lot of memories. I made some mistakes as well. It’s really surprising to me that someone else had went through the same thing like Raymond. I know it had to be difficult to go through school handicapped with other kids teasing, not knowing what’s going on. (other young children can be cruel). ‘Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”

      In regards to your own hearing issues Ajones64, I assume that after 53 years, you were able to seek out and get the help needed. Good luck to you Ajones64 and let me know if I could assist you with anything else.

  30. This is a great article that can help so many people going through an already hard time. Being able to teach babies how to communicate and be able to connect with their families is invaluable. I love the section on bonding. The fact that these kids have a disability where they can’t hear does not mean they can’t grow up just like any other child, like you said, with a great sense of humor, manners, etc. Thanks for the article.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      You’re welcome, Jessie. I try to provide readers with the most detailed and updated information that I possibly could. This is a serious problem that should be bought to the forefront and addressed more frequently. In regards to babies learning sign, it’s amazing how their little minds can absorb so much.

      By learning sign so early in life, they’ll be able to communicate with other children in life going through the same problems. Thank God they now have special schools that cater to children with different disabilities, and can now, as you said, lead a normal life. Get into the mix within society along with family and other members.

      Many folks in the past thought deaf children would not maintain the ‘developmental speed’ in regards to keeping up with normal children. But with advanced technology, data and researched development, non-hearing children now have a chance at a normal life just like any other child.

      Thanks again Jessie, for checking in. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  31. Ronald,

    This was an awesome idea when creating a website. I could not even imagine what it is like having to teach a baby how to sign. This webpage is very informative on this topic and I thank you for putting something like this out there for these parents. I hope to hear back from you soon and have a great day!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Terry for checking in and commenting. My intention, when creating this site, was to provide as much information as possible on this sensitive subject. I feel many parents and families around the world can benefit greatly from reading my info.

      Terry, babies are smarter than we think. Their little minds can absorb so much. Just through parents using eye and hand gestures, those little ones are able to learn as they develop through life. I realized early on that many families are affected by this disability and seek as much help as possible.

      Thanks again for commenting Terry. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  32. This article was very informative in regards to the world of deafness in babies and toddlers. It shows that technology is really helping in detecting hearing loss at a much earlier age so the process of teaching sign can be done earlier. A close friend just recently discovered that her son is deaf and she is having a difficult time learning for herself in order to communicate with him. Do you have any organizations online that will teach sign for free to parents?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Liz and thanks for dropping in. I’m glad you found some value in my site. World-wide, I discover more and more that this is a growing problem among our youth and elderly (and all in between). I try and provide as much info as I can to help better educate others on this growing problem.

      As you stated, technology has played a greater role in regards to detecting problems early in individuals. This can move parents onto the next step towards treatment. In regards to your friend, here’s what I could recommend. This is a free online program that has helped and better educated many others, so I’m sure this will help your friend. This is a free ‘baby sign email course’ and baby signing chart. Here’s the link. Please pass it on: Again, thanks for commenting Liz.Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  33. Oh this is so awesome and wonderful! I have a baby cousin who was born a few months ago. She was born deaf. Her parents have been looking for different ways to teach sign language to their baby child once she is able to comprehend different things. This would be perfect for them! I’ll definitely refer them to your site here.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Caleb for commenting. I try to provide enough thorough and clear information that can help others who has to deal with this situation. I know that the parents of your baby cousin are going through some difficult times in regards to making sure she has a normal upbringing. A baby born deaf is a devastating thing!

      Learning sign language early is good preparation as the child grows and develop in society. She will slowly adapt to sign and should have good progression. But then again, I should point out that every child learns at different rates. Here’s a link that offers some remarkable guidance at showing parents techniques on how to teach sign language to their child. Pass this along:

  34. I know of two parents who only found out their children were deaf later. The one was four and the other six.

    It was devastating news in both cases, but luckily we live in the times that we do and the hearing aids that they have been fitted with lets them lead close to normal lives.

    The only sad part is that the deafness wasn’t picked up a lot earlier, then their wouldn’t be so much catching up to do for these children.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks for checking in Michel. Deafness among children is very devastating among any family. When a child is born into the world, first thing a mother check is the toes and fingers. Then all is well. (you hope). But sometimes in life, God throws you a curve ball. Situations that end up out of our control.

      Regarding your friends, although late in noticing the problem, they did eventually realized a hearing problem among their children (I guess better late than never). I hope that early on, the children received the treatment they needed. I was thinking, If you are still in touch with these parents, it’s never to late for them to learn sign.

      I discovered many parents enjoy learning sign even while their child is still in the infant stage. These skills will always come in handy down the road. If you’re still in touch with them, please pass this link along:

      Again thank you for checking in Michel. Please let me know if I can do anything else for you.

  35. kidzmom41

    I love this page because it is a way to show parents that a child that is born with hearing problems can help their children speak. My old neighbor had two children that were deaf. Although they had the implants, they were still taught sign language (I even learned a little so I could communicate with them). I love the way you identified schools that are for those who have a hearing problem and that there are books available to teach parents and caregivers sign language.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you, my friend for commenting. I’m glad you liked this article. I try to be as detailed and as thoughtful as possible. It’s always a good thing when parents can pickup the knowledge and skillfulness of sign language. Just knowing the technique, even if never used right away, is great because you never know when needed.

      Regarding your old neighbor’s children with the implants, at least, you were able to pick up some knowledge on this technique (even if it was not a lot, it was enough to get you by). I hope the future of your neighbor’s children is going well.

      Also, any parent going through this should always have additional education on this subject available. This is why I posted info on schools that cater to the hearing impaired and also more reading material to help educate.

      Thank you again, my friend, for commenting. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  36. It’s really a good thing that I have come across this article. I have never seen or knew any baby who is suffering from hearing loss. This must be very difficult for the parents.

    Well, nonetheless, it’s awesome how the human brain allows us to communicate in ways other than speaking. I think it’s better for children with this disability, to learn sign language at an earlier age. This will surely make their lives much easier when they get older.

    Great article!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks Farhan. Glad you liked it. I always try to provide information that will help educate others. A significant number of infants are born each year with hearing loss. About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

      Yes, the human brain is an amazing thing! It can absorb an incredible amount of information. This is why babies can grapse the sign language techniques so quickly. Again, amazng little brains that will only develop better as time go on. Please let me know if I can help answer any questions or concerns youmay have.

  37. What a great topic to write.You were just a child then, yet it shows you did so much learning from that time. Your post was very uplifting as moving.

    I have a friend who’s daughter is deaf, it’s pretty amazing how she has taught her daughter sign. This child is only 2 years and yet picked it up quite fast.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for commenting Jagi. Yes, I got an first-hand early lesson on this subject growing up. Hearing loss is a devastating thing. It can affect anyone! When a child is born with this critical disease, it’s so important that parents and even other close relatives, educate themselves on learning sign language. I agree with you on how amazing a child can quickly pick up on this. Such young intelligent minds!

      Pass this article along to your friend who may gain additional value from it. Again Jagi, thanks for dropping by. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  38. This is an inspiring page written with empathy and understanding. I appreciated the straightforward explanation of a hearing disability and the positive manner in which the writer explains how different aspects of hearing loss can be supported, without the child feeling discriminated or marginalized. By using personal experience to describe how both he and his friend felt before he discovered his friend was deaf, he lets the reader realize how easy it is to misunderstand hidden impairments, such as deafness. Baby signing is a very important subject in which to educate parents and others, who support young children with hearing impairments.Thank you!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Sue for checking in and commenting on my article. I try to be clear and to the point as I possibly can. A hearing disability in anyone’s family, regardless if it’s a child or adult, is a devastating experience. I put my personal story in because a hearing disability, as you stated, is so easily misunderstood and you shouldn’t feel guilty. No ones a mind-reader, so how could they possibly know?

      I’ve said before that it wouldn’t hurt for parents of young children to focus more on educating themselves with the knowledge of sign language. This would be a very supportive move.

      Thank you again for commenting Sue. Let me know if I can assist you with anything further.

  39. Matt's Mom

    This is a very heartwarming story. I grew up completely deaf in one ear. I always make the excuse that I have a cold, and that is why I can’t hear. If the room is noisy, well it just makes it difficult to hear at all. It can be embarrassing when someone calls your name, and you have to have them repeat it, to see it they were calling you. I teach my son to be nice to everyone, to treat everyone with respect, because handicapped people, it wasn’t their choice. If they could choose, yeah they would want to be normal.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for checking in, Matt’s mom. Really appreciate it. During your time of early partial deafness, I know it had to be tough during your school years. I’m hopping your parents sought treatment for you. I understand that treatment could sometime become a major thing financially, but necessary.

      You didn’t mention if your son was hearing impaired or not. but it’s good you taught him to treat all others with respect. No one wants any member of their family to go through any hearing issues. hopefully, they never will.

      Matt’s Mom, if you or someone you know feel you’d like to gain more knowledge on how to communicate sign language with babies, You should look into this. Please pass this link along:

  40. Whenever it comes to our children, it is superior to us – the most important, the most painful, the most joyful, the most…. depending on the case. Without doubt, we all hope for the best for our children but things happen as they are and then it is just a matter of us handling the case in the manner best for our children. In order to do this, we need proper knowledge or education and luckily for us – nowadays there ARE options and opportunities.
    It is really great there are people like you describing suchlike topics to help others – I do think you are doing an outstanding job in helping people with such a serious problem.
    But what I liked the most in your post is where you emphasized the importance of family bonding and love. I totally agree with you. A human is a social being and sense of belonging is extremely important for him. And what can be more improtant than sense of belonging to your own family?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks for commenting Arta. I agree with you 100% that as parents, our children should be our number one concern regarding their health and safety. I understand too that if a child is born with a hearing disability, then the only thing a parent can do is get the proper help and treatment needed. I’ve stated before in past post, that education is ‘Key.’ You can never learn enough when it boils down to the healthcare of your child, along with displaying continued love.

      Again, thank you Arta for your comment. I really appreciate it. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  41. I have had several friends that have taught their children sign language to help with speech delay. They did not have a hearing deficiency but rather just a delay in what most would consider normal age to be speaking. It’s amazing how they learn quickly and it gives the parents as well as the children a sense of relief that they can both express their needs to each other in a different way.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Jen thanks for commenting. Yes, I agree that young children can absorb information and express how the feel in ways that will surprise many parents. I’ve said before that education is ‘key’. When it comes down to teaching young children sign language, it resonates towards better communication and understanding with other children and parents. Again, thanks for checking in Jen. If you enjoyed my article, please give me a ‘like’ on Facebook.

  42. cristina

    hello there,

    Very nice post. You are right, all mothers want the babies to be healthy and with no problems. But what if happens to your child it is deaf? We just have to be strong, to help our toddler to deal with his problem.

    it is not something we have to fell devastated when we finally understand your baby doesn’t hear us and this will not stop him to be a very intelligent and successful later in life.

    I think with the right medical and psychological support everything will be ok and the children can learn very fast the special language.

    Do you think that more support is needed for the parents when they first find out? Do you think is in our hands how our baby with hearing problems, will develop in future?

    Thanks for sharing an interesting article:)


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Cristina and thanks for dropping in. A child coming into the world in perfection is what every parent hope for. But sometime, for reasons we can’t explain, God throws in a twist. I feel everything happens for a reason. If a child is born deaf, all the parents could do is begin treatment for their child and education for themselves.

      Maybe when a child go through their younger life with a hearing impairment, they may grow up to be a great educator themselves, helping others. Over the years, supporting our hearing impaired young adults is what’s needed. Teaching others to sign would be a good thing. Cristina, please let me know if I can assist you with anything else. Share my site on your Facebook.

  43. StephenPayne

    Hi Ron,

    This is such an important topic, particularly for any new parent. The information you’ve provided here is extremely informative and interesting.

    I particularly enjoyed reading your story about Raymond. I guess it’s only natural to react in certain ways when we don’t fully understand the situation.

    Great article, Ron. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Steve for checking in. Glad you enjoyed the article. I try to always provide information that could help families going through some type of crises. Maybe it’s something they never thought of, but found their answer, along with encouragement, through my information. In regards to Raymond situation, this occurred back in the 60’s, and it shows hearing issues were going on way back then, but the medical technology and more educated individuals wasn’t there. Thank God things got better. Thanks again Steve for checking in, Please share my page on FB.

  44. Hi Ron, I really enjoyed your site,the information,the layout and the colors.I myself have noticed a decrease in hearing as I’ve gotten older, and I have a 20 year old daughter in law that’s completely def without her hearing aids. So in turn naturally I found your site very interesting concerning this matter. It’s such an easy thing to miss when their young! I liked your site and thought you did a great job of opening some eyes and thoughts.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Bob for your comment. As we grow older, that’s one of the main components of our bodies to start deteriorating…our hearing. That’s why with our children and ourselves, we have to take care of our ears and hearing. Sometimes, with our kids, we don’t pay close enough attention to the small details. Bob, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Please share it on your Facebook site.

  45. Something like this happened to my nephew, but it turned out that his hearing problems were due to needing ear tubes. My brother did not understand why his son was not responding to him or his daycare teachers.

    They went and had him tested and it turned out, he was slightly deaf in both ears because his ear canals were angled in a way that caused this. They put tubes in his ears and he could hear again and after some time, he got caught up in school with his other classmates.

    My mother and brother did not understand his hearing loss until diagnosed and they felt awful because they got frustrated with him. Thankfully, they got everything fixed and test him with a hearing specialist regularly.

    My brother keeps into account what happened before and has become more understanding of certain disabilities. I guess experience really does have its life changing qualities. I am glad that there are ways to communicate with deaf children and education is more available for it.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Jana and thanks for commenting. Yes! Education is key! Most parents don’t recognize hearing issues with their young one until it’s too late. The child now is growing up struggling in society of hearing children, and struggling within themselves wondering what’s wrong. Your brother and mother shouldn’t be too hard on themselves. Their not to blame. Lack of education and early detection is. I’m glad the ear tubes worked. Keep me posted on his continued progress. I’m glad my article can bring more light and focus on this crippling situation. Please give me a ‘like’ on Facebook and share my site with others.

  46. I am thankful for seeing this post. This post can raise the awareness of child hearing issues. The story written in the article is the same as mine because I have moderate to severe hearing loss. Learning sign is really important. If I did not learn sign language, I would have a very small social circle. It would be very lonely. Hope your post can be shared so that more new mother can understand hearing loss and help their child who have hearing loss.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Billy for commenting. Some issue awareness is more important than others. And I feel hearing loss is one of the most important one. Learning sign, even for people who can hear, is a valuable tool which can be taught to others. If you are experiencing hearing issues, I recommend you see an audiologist to determine the degree of hearing loss. But I feel you’ve already done that.

      Happy to hear that with your additional signing knowledge, it has expanded your friend base. If you enjoyed this site, please give me a ‘like’ and share on your Facebook page. Also, let me know if I can answer any questions you may have.

  47. Your story of growing up in Chicago is touching and I have to say that this whole article on the issue of deafness and small children and babies certainly is an eye opener and an earful. This certainly is something that parents don’t think about when their babies are first born.
    You are right about interaction and bonding being highly important. A good example is the Helen Keller story and how she learned to communicate with the help of a strong teacher.
    Thank you for the information on this real life issue.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for commenting Angela, I’m glad you enjoyed my childhood story. As I wrote that, It bought back a lot of memories of growing up with my young friend. Their are many parents out there that do not take this seriously until it’s too late. They realize a hearing problem in their child, now they’re running around hoping it’s not to late to ‘fix’ things. That close connection between parent and child is so important. Helen Keller, being both blind and deaf, was a strong woman who accomplish a lot and set a strong example to others. Thanks again, Angela, for checking in. Please share my site with others.

  48. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing about this topic. My son has no hearing difficulties, but know sign at an early age helped him acquire language skills in advance of his peers. My son has been writing since he was 2 years old. Not only did his language skyrocket, he was able to communicate with US sooner reducing frustration as a baby. Crying less is always a good thing!
    I know there are a million reasons to do this…but so many people either don’t know or don’t take the time.

    BTW I am the head of a Special Needs department. Thanks again! If I can do more to promote your site let me know.

    You should contact my wife at amanda AT kindcrunchymama DOT com. Even if just to say hello. She is also the Head of Inclusion at her school. Share and share alike…this biz is all about building relationships no?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Marc for checking in and commenting. I’m glad you found some value from my article. As I’ve said before, babies and toddlers are smarter than we think. Like your son, children can absorb and communicate sign language better than imagined. I’ve heard this from other parents or friends of parents saying how far their child has advance. Your son writing well at 2 is amazing! He’s ahead in his years with the help of great parents. Others should follow you and your wife’s example. I will shoot her an email just to introduce myself.

      In regards to getting my site out to reach more folks, you can share this info on your FB page and give me a ‘like’. Or maybe incorporate it into your website or your job’s website or on their Facebook or Twitter page or any type of special bulletin that goes out around your job. If material is sent out to other companies that will include my website link & info, that would be terrific. Marc, thank you for helping me get the word out, on a much larger scale, that would bring more attention to this issue.

      I also recently just put together a newsletter where you can receive additional info. Here’s the link. Please share it with others: Thanks again Marc for your comment and help.

  49. Cris Santos

    This is a nice and informative website. Giving people information about hearing loss and how to cope with it is very much appreciative. I have a son who happens to ignore sometimes things around him, but he is not deaf. The problem is, he is autistic. He is unable to speak, but he can hear. Before, we thought that he was deaf and then we brought him to the Doctor for possible hearing disorder, but it came out that he has autism after few weeks of diagnosis. I guess your article would simply provide help, also for those children not only deaf, but autistic. I quite found your website useful in my child’s condition. Thank you.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Cris. I’m glad you found some value in my site. Regarding your son, I guess any parent would think their child has an hearing issue when they don’t respond. This would be a concern. This is something I feel all parents of small children, should educate themselves on. I’m happy you recognized your autistic son problem early on and sought out the treatment needed. Let me know how’s he doing? I wish you all the best. Cris, let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Please share this article with a ‘like’ on Facebook.

  50. I am a HUGE advocate of teaching babies (and kids) Sign Language. I know it – just enough to be dangerous – and it’s helped me be able to help people in many situations. For example at the grocery store when someone is looking for something and they can’t ask because they’re deaf, if you or your child is able to sign you can help them out! It was nice to read Raymond’s story.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Sadie for stopping by. Being a huge advocate of teaching this to youngsters, I know this gives you a big thrill and some sense of accomplishment. This skill comes in handy regardless of where you go. It seems there’s always some situation that arises, where you can implement what you know. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Please share this article with a ‘like’ on Facebook.

  51. Marie Te Rangi

    A very informative page! Everyone, parent/caregiver/grandparent hopes for the best of health for their child/ren, but when we are faced with challenging situations such as hearing impairment we are forced to educate ourselves on the where, what, who? in a heartbeat and I found your page very helpful, educating and resourcesful. Thank you for your enlightenment.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Marie for commenting. With a serious problem like this that is steady growing among families, it seems you can never get enough information provided to you. Hearing loss can affect anyone, young or old, and as you said, education is the ‘key’ ingredient. Glad you got something out of my site. Please share this with a ‘like’ on Facebook. Also, let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  52. Being born into a disability is very sad. I know someone that is completely deaf also. She told me that when she was little she encountered an accident. Ever since then she couldn’t hear anything anymore. She never revealed what kind of accident it was, but since she’s keeping it a secret, then I didn’t attempt to ask for more. Just like your friend Raymond, she always seemed a little distant to me, because she sometimes “ignores” me as I talk to her. I was completely surprised later to find out that she is completely deaf. However, she is a master of reading lips so if she is facing you, she can actually “hear” what you are saying without fail. To be honest, I am impressed.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Blame. Thanks for commenting. I feel sad for your friend and her bad experience. It’s a hurtful and troubling thing to be normal with hearing one day and because of an accident, lose your hearing the next. I’m not sure how Raymond lost his. It was so very long ago. I was just a young buck myself back then, so I can’t remember.

      Your friend probably was ignoring you because you wasn’t in her line of vision. She couldn’t hear you. If she could’ve seen your lips you would have got a better response. Congrats to her and her achievements. Please give me a ‘like’ on FB.

  53. Hi! Wow! You have certainly shared a lot of useful information! Babies are pretty resilient learners. Their brains are poised to take in and learn a ton of information at this stage. My niece taught her not hearing impaired daughter sign language before she could speak words. I was always amazed at how much she was able to learn and how well she communicated through sign language. She kept me on my toes because I was constantly having to learn the signs. 🙂 again, thank for sharing. Your information will set some parents at ease.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Kathy and thanks for sharing. Babies can absorb and hold more information in their minds better than we would think. They can pick up on things just through our daily interactions with them regarding facial and hand gestures. Your niece was smart to implement early education to her child, which will result in better communication and understanding among other hearing impaired kids.

      I imagined she did keep you on your toes. Babies are smarter than we think. Kathy, if you or your niece would like to periodically receive more valuable info on this subject, then go here Please share this info with others and give me a ‘like’ on Facebook.

  54. Mohel Alen

    Hi, My Neighbor family have a deaf daughter. She is 6 months old and was born profoundly deaf in both ears. Of course, the ENT and audiologist have brought up her getting cochlear implants around 1 year old.

    I’m always looks for personal experiences from people who were BORN deaf, not late-deafened, whether implanted or not as babies. So she is gaining more knowledge on this subject.

    Thank you Ronald for this info.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Mohel and thanks for commenting. I know your neighbor must be going through some tough times. Was the cochlear implant surgery done? Unlike a hearing aid, which simply amplifies sound, a cochlear implant helps sending sound from the ear to the brain through nerve stimulation. It will provide some help to your neighbor’s daughter, but will not restore her normal hearing. Please pass my website on to the family. You and also your neighbor can join my mailing list by going here.

  55. Rori O'Hara

    Two of my nieces used sign language with their apparently-normal-hearing babies so they could figure out what they wanted, and they seemed to be the most calm babies ever. I wish I’d used it like they did, as a way to reduce frustration and give their kids an empowered start to life. I think this empowerment gets carried over into their lifetimes as good self-esteem, which is very important these days with all the risky temptations that come their way. They learn early on that they can get what they want and need through communication. Luckily, their babies did not have any hearing issues; and they don’t get overly-anxious to be heard, as so many kids do. They are confident they will be heard.
    I enjoyed your article and I’m sure you are a big help to those parents who come across your site, wondering if their child has hearing issues. Aging adults would do well to visit your site as well.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Rori, how are you? Thank you for dropping in. A lot of parents do not think learning sign and using it on their normal hearing babies is of no great importance. This way of thinking disrupts things on two levels. One, you don’t give yourself, as a parent, an opportunity to learn something new and second, you short-circuit any opportunity for your child to gain additional knowledge that can benefit him or her, as they go through life interacting with other children. You don’t know what those kids are going through. Those children may be suffering from hearing impairment and would be happy to be able to communicate with others using sign language. Again, thank you for commenting. Please give me a ‘like’ on FB and share my site with others.

  56. I grew up with a cousin who was totally deaf. I always thought that she was very special because she was unique due to her hearing loss. Years later when she turned 21, her extended family put on a big 21st birthday
    and many of the deaf community, and close friends of hers attended. Normal hearing people including myself were amazed at how well they communicated with one another using sign language. My cousin was born deaf. She was taught sign language from as young as 3. It’s fascinating to me that young babies can be taught to sign at such a young age. Wonderful! Also thank you for your story about your good friend Raymond.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Rina for commenting. I know your cousin probably had a rough time in her younger years, growing up deaf. It just make you realize how blessed we are to have normal hearing and not take are hearing for granted. It sounds like your cousin had a great time on her 21st. It’s a joy to hear that others, with the same type of disability, all came out to communicate and celebrate the occasion.

      As I stated on one of my pages, that babies are smarter than we think. Your cousin is proof of that by learning to sign at such an early age. Again, thank you for commenting and enjoying Raymond. I would now like to share a link to my newly formed newsletter. Maybe you can pass this link to your cousins family. I’ll be posting more great info. Here’s the link: > Please give my site a ‘like’ on FB. Thanks.

  57. What a beautiful article.

    It must be a scary thing for a baby to grow up in silence and even more scary for the parents if they don’t know what is wrong, or pick it up too late.

    I love the idea of teaching a baby sign language, and I think even a hearing baby and its parents can benefit from this.

    What is the easiest way to start with doing this? You say songs are a good way. Is there something simpler?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Michel and thanks for commenting. Sorry for the late reply back, I been away. I agree it’s a frightening thing for a child to start its young life in a world of silence or maybe barley hearing a little. They need all the motivation they could get. What’s next to songs, that I feel is easier? Art. Art, like music and song, is a way for children with special needs to express themselves without using words.

      Art is very helpful in a visual form. A child’s hearing may be bad, but they’ll be amazed at the visual effects. For children who are non-verbal or limited in verbal communication, it is a creative outlet. I hope I’ve answered your question. If you’d like to join my mailing list, where you’ll receive additional free info on this subject, then go here: Also, please share my site with others who you feel this material may help.

  58. We have really come a long way into this area of detecting hearing impairment for kids. What you provide in your post will greatly help parents able to teach or do simple sign language to kids before they talk. I’m a kids pastor who has a team that works with kids with special needs and the information here will be great for them. Just stumble upon your website and thought I share with you my sentiments about this and to encourage you that you are doing a good job.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Rags for commenting. Yes technology today is amazing! Dealing with hearing impaired individuals is a tough task, regardless if you are taking care of a child or adult. Rags, do most of the kids on your team have just a hearing impairment or other disabilities? I try to provide information that will help other individuals and their families.Please share my site on your Facebook & Twitter pages. I’m sure this info and the products I offer from my page will greatly improve someone’s life. Again, thanks for commenting & may God Bless.

  59. I signed with my babies and it made my world and theirs so much better. It is frustrating when you are little and you understand words but cannot yet use them yourself. I taught mine just the basics: food, milk, and sleep. It really helped because I was able to effectively communicate with my baby and understand what they needed.

    None of my children had hearing problems, but I can understand how this could be very difficult. Thanks for your informative post!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for commenting Andrea. Teaching sign to hearing babies and toddlers is a big plus. Not only is it helpful for yourself, but as a child grows older and having obtained this valuable knowledge, he or she will be able to communicate with other youngsters suffering from hearing loss. As I’ve stated before, education is key. Again, thanks for checking in Andrea and please share my site with others.

  60. Ronald Kennedy

    Hi Aloha and thanks for commenting. I would really like to know what constituted the procedure for putting tubes in your friends child’s ears. My guess is the child must had a serious ear infection in both ears and the tubes would decrease accumulation of ongoing infections.

    As far as toddlers learning sign, this could be accomplish if the hearing toddler is old enough to learn and understand sign. Some learn sign through visual aid. Hearing impaired children are usually fitted with hearing aids or cochlear implants Teacher’s who specializes in this field, conduct classes for all hearing impaired children, which after being educated and trained can perhaps communicate with others. Please let me know if I can assist you further. Also share my site with others.

  61. Hi Ronald,

    My almost 3-year old daughter is a bit delayed in speaking compared to my friends’ kids which are even younger than my daughter.

    I regret not doing sign language when she was still a baby. I was given a “sign language” ebook by my friend when I just give birth, but because of daily chores and hectic full-time job, the ebook remained unread. 🙁

    I am so glad that music is a part of our daily lives since my daughter started to learn words and a few phrases from singing.

    For parents who neglects the power of sign language – don’t! It probably is the most useful tool to start communicating with your baby and teaching them to be articulate eventually.


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Pitin and thank you for commenting. You are a very wise parent. Most parents don’t understand the importance of learning sign until it’s to late. Congrats to you on being up on things as far as noticing a hearing disability in your daughter! Other parents should follow your lead by understanding the importance of sign.

      You mentioned music being an important element in your life. There is a musical toy (and just in time for Christmas,) called the ‘Ring Around’ specially designed for hearing impaired children. It’s great! Excellent for music therapy, Only ten left in stock. Pitin, Go to > Let me know how it goes.

      Thanks again Pitin, for dropping by and please share my site with others.

  62. Guy Siverson

    Great information. Some families that I know teach their children sign language at a young age so that they can communicate earlier before they are able to speak and they don’t have any hearing limitations. I think its great for all children to learn at any age because its great to have more abilities to communicate with anyone that you can. What tips do you have for teaching older children sign language?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Guy and thanks for commenting. It’s great that parents start teaching sign language to their children when they are young. This is an excellent way to expand their signing skills when communicating with other children at an hearing disadvantage.

      Some tips I can provide regarding older children learning sign is that they must remember that sign language provides the ability to communicate earlier than speech, early communication can decrease tantrum behavior in a child, teaching sign language to an older child, increases their vocabulary and language skills, also teaching sign language to an older child could be a wonderful bonding experience toward a younger child. I hoped this helped. Please contact me if you have any other questions or concerns. Also, please share my site with others.

  63. Yes Sarah, those little guys are really something. Toddlers are smarter than we think! Communication between parent and child do play a big role in a child’s development. Parent’s recognizing their child’s disability early on and getting more involved, can only be a ‘positive’ in a child’s life. Anything else I could help you with?

  64. Hi Gibert Thank you for responding. There are other options for parents and educators regarding learning games for the hearing impaired child. Toy’s are a great tool to educate a toddler with hearing loss. Some creative parents, their family and educators would develop their own games that would be beneficial for educational growth. They’re books on the market as well.
    From bubble blowing to blocks, from stuffed animals to stacking toys, babies LOVE to learn! Learning to play and good family engagement is ‘Key’ to a child’s emotional development. Did I clear things up for you?

  65. Yes I agree. If they had all the helpful tools and information back then as they do now, then better communication between parent and toddler could have unfolded.
    A hearing disability in a young person gives them the feeling of being ‘left out’ and not fully accepted by others in their age group.

  66. Thank you Kathryn. it’s just remarkable! The many different things we see and try to understand during our child’s early development. The most rewarding thing is being able to communicate with your child before he or she can speak.
    I urge all parents of toddlers to educate themselves and put these
    these new found skills to work.

  67. For sure Evie. Babies and toddlers are smarter than we think! Even dealing with the difficulties of hearing loss, they can pick up things through our gestures that we’d teach them as they age. And now with additional help through education, we’re better able to adapt to our child’s needs and a better understanding.

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