Hello Parents

When your child is diagnosed with hearing loss it can be a stressful time where you are inundated with new information. As parents, relatives and professionals who work with deaf/hard of hearing children, our Board is uniquely aware of the challenges families face when a child has been identified with hearing loss. For the past 60 years we have been a foundation dedicated to providing support to both the child and the family through our wrap around services.

Through our strategic partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, FHSR directly funds the following key support positions:

  • Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator
  • Audiology Hearing Aid Technician
  • Loaner Hearing Aid Bank
  • Bilingual Social Workers
  • Community Outreach / Mentorship program

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READ Literacy Program:
FHSR’s support of the READ literacy program the Chicago Hearing Society/ CHOICES program puts books in the hands of the children who need them the most. Our finding allowed for the expansion of the program into Central and Southern Illinois, two areas that lack many resources to address the needs of the deaf/ hard of hearing child.

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Partners matter.

In addition to supporting the key positions at Lurie, we believe in the power of community. Therefore the over arching goal of FHSR is to create a community for families in Illinois who have children with hearing loss. Both the Board of Directors and the Associate Board are highly involved in finding interesting and unique ways to bring this group together. From free family concerts to outings at local venues, social media and mentorship programs, our goal is to make sure no child with hearing loss feels isolated or alone. We work to find opportunities for kids of all ages to bond and create strong ties that provide support in their daily lives.

Get involved… As important as it is for these kids to have a community, it is equally important for parents to find other like situated parents. Parents’ insight and experiences are crucial to keeping the conversation going. By joining our community we will work together to create awareness around issues of pediatric hearing loss and support our kids in their journeys.

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Sound experience.

Cheers for Ears, our free family concert that celebrates the powerful intersection of hearing and music was created six years ago. It brings children with hearing loss together for an afternoon of entertainment and community. Music not only provides an opportunity for the kids to connect with each other, it opens the door to so many possibilities. As parents our first instinct may not be to integrate music into our deaf/ hard of hearing kids lives. Seeing a group of kids with hearing loss reveling in the joy of a concert reminds us of the powerful connection music creates. As a Foundation, we are dedicated to making music a part of the community.

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It can be hard to locate all the resources when your child is first diagnosed with hearing loss. FHSR works to streamline this process so that you may concentrate on your child and not be lost in a maze trying to find out crucial information about services that address pediatric hearing loss.

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Upcoming events

An Evening of Merit and Music

Please Join FHSR and the Merit School of Music
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM
for an evening of Music featuring
Richard Reed and Members of the Merit Conservatory
A reception will be held prior to the concert

Before losing his hearing to antibiotics, renowned Blues musician and Cochlear Implant user, Richard Reed played piano and Hammond organ with Junior Walker & the All Stars, Otis Rush, Roomful of Blues and many other R&B, Blues and Rock & Roll bands.
Due to late onset deafness, Mr. Reed was unable to appreciate music for close to ten years until he underwent cochlear implant surgery in 2002.

Using a digital keyboard, Mr. Reed demonstrates how notes and scales evolve into simple melodies, harder-to-discern harmonies, and whole songs;  Interspersed with his own light-hearted and informative personal take on the frustrating challenges and rich rewards of “CI music”

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In the news

Liam’s Cochlear Implant and Dr Young

Cancer may have taken away his hearing for most of his childhood, but it never took away his hope. Thanks to a cochlear implant surgery, he’s hearing the world around him for the first time in seven years #allforyour1


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FHSR Short Historical Documentary


Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!