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Hearing enables us to interpret and reciprocate spoken language – an essential form of communication to relay thoughts, ideas, and emotions. This is arguably more critical for a child, as their adolescent years are when they’re learning and exploring the world and interactions around us.
Hearing loss in children is becoming a more serious issue, due to the advent of earbuds, and general noisier environments (i.e. clubs). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 12.5% of children and adolescents from ages six to 19 have suffered permanent damage to their hearing thanks to unwarranted noise exposure.
The causes of childhood hearing loss can be categorized into three types:
Congenital Hearing Loss: Hearing disability present at birth. This can be the result of both genetic and non-genetic factors that lead to hearing loss.
Acquired Hearing Loss: Hearing loss acquired post-birth. The causes are various, and can include physical ailments like a perforated eardrum or serious head injury, infections like meningitis or measles, or continued exposure to loud noises or environments.
Hearing problems in children can hinder their ability to listen and pay attention in school, jeopardizing the most important development stage of their young lives. Therefore, it’s crucial that hearing loss in children is treated as soon as possible.
Thankfully, kids with hearing problems can have their families apply for the Child Disability Tax Credit and Child Disability Benefit.
These programs are designed to alleviate financial stress through an income tax refund, freeing up resources to help your child with hearing problems. Hearing loss disability benefits can fund hearing aids, cochlear implants, speech therapy, and sign language lessons.
If your child is suffering from hearing loss, the Hearing Loss Disability Tax Credit and Child Disability Benefit fund the resources for hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other treatments for hearing loss in children.
We can simplify the complex Disability Tax Credit application process for your family, getting your child the disability benefits he or she is entitled to in an easy, stress-free way. Contact us to learn more.