Listen and Learn:
In the United States for every 1,000 children born, 3 will have hearing loss and 40% of those children will be deaf.
According to the World Health Institute, deafness is America’s leading birth defect. Since FHSR was founded in 1958 we have been committed to providing the best care and support necessary to children with hearing loss and their families.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association states that the number of Americans living with a hearing loss has doubled in the past 30 years. More than 31 million Americans had hearing loss in 2004. There are 24.1 million individuals with a hearing loss who do not own a hearing aid device. About 60,000 cochlear implants have been implemented in the past 20 years—about one half in adults and one half in children.
One of the fastest growing populations with hearing loss is teenagers. Research shows that one in five teens in the United States has a hearing loss due to high-volume sounds in daily life such as headphones emitting loud music and excessive traffic noise.
The CDC reports that each year more than 12,000 babies are born with a hearing loss in the United States; often the cause is unknown. According to the World Health Institute, deafness is America’s leading birth defect.
In the News
Important News: Insurance Coverage for Children’s Hearing Aids
On August 23, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB4516 requiring Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing instruments for children under the age of 18. The bill is effective immediately, which means that insurers will begin providing this benefit with policies issued after today. If you have a claim denied, please report it to the Illinois Department of Insurance.Learn More
Cheers & Beers for Ears – Please Join Us!
The FHSR Associate Board invites you to join us for Cheers & Beers for Ears! This year’s Cheers & Beers for Ears will take place at The Little Owl Social Club on September 14, 2018 from 6 pm – 10 pm. We will have live entertainment, arcade games and a raffle! Dave Wzorek and Out of Hours will perform.Learn More
An Evening of Merit and Music
Join FHSR along with John Hart
Friday, November 2, 2018 starting at 6:00 PM
For an evening of Merit and Music featuring renowned Blues artist and Cochlear Implant user Richard Reed and the students from Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for a fascinating night of music and sound.
At The Merit School of Music 38 S. Peoria St. Chicago, IL 60607
Friday, November 2, 2018- Reception 6:00 PM Concert begins at 7:45 PM
100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding the FHSR Music to My Ears Scholarship Fund celebrating our 60th anniversary & the joy of music for children with hearing loss.Learn More