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

Giant Steps – FHSR presents Chasing Trane

Join FHSR for a pre-screening reception and viewing of the award winning documentary Chasing Trane  – The story of the life and music of extraordinary saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane.
at the Davis Theater Thursday April 19, 2018 6:30 pm

This event kicks off the Music to My Ears Scholarship Fund
celebrating FHSR’s 60th anniversary & the joy of music for children with hearing loss.

John Coltrane was an award winning American jazz composer and saxophonist.
This documentary has garnered awards at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and the IDFA as an Official Selection movie.

Award winning Director, John Scheinfeld digs in deep to get the stories behind this innovator and his music.  In a movie that has been described as engrossing and at times worshiping, it is the definitive bio-pic on this incredible musician.

VIP tickets – $150 Include a champagne reception, meet &
greet with the executive producer and VIP Seating.

General Tickets – $100 Include a reception prior to the screening and general seating.

Student/Music Teacher Tickets – $25 Include general seating.

The Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625



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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!