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Chattering Children Project for At-risk Children with Hearing Loss in DC

Chattering Children has an exciting opportunity to be listed on GlobalGiving’s crowdfunding platform to raise funds for a project for children with hearing loss in DC who are at-risk of not receiving timely diagnostics and interventions. Members of our community know how important it is for children with hearing loss and the families to receive support and intervention so they can thrive. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/helping-children-with-hearing-loss/

We need you to help us spread the word!

Our crowdfunding campaign will take place March 12-30. We are required to raise $5,000 from 40 donors to earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving. This will be a big boost to Chattering Children’s efforts, getting our cause out to many more potential donors across the country and around the world. It will help us make a difference in the lives of many more children.

Here’s how we need you to help:

1. Like the Chattering Children Facebook page (doing this now is helpful).
2. Share our Facebook posts about the project on YOUR Facebook page.
3. Email the link to Chattering Children’s GlobalGiving project to your family, friends, colleagues and anyone who you think might be able to support our project.
4. Tell us your child’s success story so we can add it to our GlobalGiving campaign. Email Jen Lynch at Chattering Children to find out how.
5. Make a gift of $10 or more starting March 12 and help us reach 40 donors and $5,000 by March 30.

Shop on Etsy and Support Chattering Children
You will find fun t-shirts and other items at TiedToHome an Etsy shop run by a parent of two Chattering Children clients. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Chattering Children.
CI Life | Cochlear Implant | Audiologist | Mapping T-shirt


Audiology 101: Interpreting Your Child’s Audiogram
Understanding your child’s audiogram can be an overwhelming task, and sometimes, once you’re back home you realize that there were more questions you wish you had asked your child’s audiologist. With the information below, you can better understand your child’s audiogram.

Types of Hearing Loss:
Conductive Hearing Loss –  Conductive hearing loss is caused by malformation of the outer or middle ear, making it difficult for sound to travel to the inner ear and auditory nerve. This can be permanent (e.g. atresia) or temporary (e.g. ear infection).

Sensorineural Hearing Loss – Sensorineural hearing losses are caused by problems in the inner ear (cochlea) or with the auditory nerve. In these cases sounds can travel through the outer and middle ear but have difficulty reaching the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss is likely permanent.

Mixed Hearing Loss –  If a child has components of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss this is called mixed hearing loss. One common example of mixed hearing loss is a child with sensorineural hearing loss who also has middle ear fluid (ear infection).

The Speech Banana:Untitled
The Speech Banana is a term used to describe the area on an audiogram where the sounds of speech appear. When the speech sounds are plotted out on the audiogram they take the shape of a banana. While many other environmental sounds (e.g. dog barking, airplanes, lawn mower, etc.) fall outside of the speech banana, audiologist are most concerned with the frequencies within the speech banana because a hearing loss in that region can affect a child’s ability to learn language. For optimal listening, your child’s hearing should be above the speech banana with amplification.

Happy New Year!


Chattering Children wants you to learn about our clinicians, useful tips, projects and opportunities for our community to support each other and children with hearing loss.



All of us at Chattering Children wish you an your family the very best in 2018!


Staff Spotlight
Gloria Menezes-Furtado, M.E.D., LSLS Cert AVT
Gloria holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature, as well as a Master’s of Education of the Deaf. She is a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist and holds certification as a Teacher of the Deaf. She has worked with children and their families for more than fourteen years. Her experiences include supporting mainstream students with hearing loss in areas of language and academics, as well as individualized instruction in speech and auditory skills. Gloria has become a mentor to others in the field because of her expertise in the Auditory-Verbal approach to therapy for deaf children. Her interests include integrating technology into intervention and using a whole-child approach, and working with children with additional disabilities.
William Mellon, B.A.
Will Mellon is a research and clinical assistant at Chattering Children. Will holds a BA from Skidmore College in psychology and history. He assists the Chattering Children audiologists with clinical operations and research involving children with hearing loss. Will is a bilateral cochlear implant user who received his first CI at age two.

Be A Chattering Children Champion!
Start the Year Off Right with a Gift to Chattering Children
Did you know Chattering Children is a non-profit and your donation helps children with hearing loss and their families? Your support can help us purchase upgraded audiology equipment, support early invention programs and ensure that we can continue to help all families regardless of their ability to pay.

Be a Chattering Children Champion TODAY!

Shop on Etsy and Support Chattering Children
You will find fun t-shirts and other items at TiedToHome an Etsy shop run by a parent of two Chattering Children clients. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Chattering Children.
Check out the cute t-shirts for children and adults!

Noisy Toys are a No-no!
Some toys are so noisy that they can cause additional hearing loss or can be painful for your little one to hear. Check out the Sight & Hearing Association’s Noisy Toys List of 2017 shown below. It lists popular toys with their targeted ages and measure of decibels each toy emits.

Most of these toys fall in the red zone on the Audiogram of Familiar Sounds, which can be as loud as an airplane jet or semi-truck. Try to avoid these toys or keep the batteries out! Another trick is to cover the speaker holes with clear packing tape to reduce the sound.