The Living Sounds Blog
New Childrenâ€™s Book Battles Stigma
A recently released childrenâ€™s book is helping hearing-impaired children feel better aboutÂ their experience. The book Letâ€™s Hear it for Almigal by Wendy Kupfer, with illustrations byÂ Tammie Lyon, is receiving someÂ great reviews.Â The book focuses on a little girl with hearing loss and her group of friends. Each of theÂ characters in the book has an interesting story to tell and youâ€™ll find yourself rooting for theÂ characters. According to one reviewerÂ â€śItâ€™s easy to identify with Almigal, a child full ofÂ energy, enthusiasm, and mischief.â€ť
I think the book is wonderful! I just wish there were more hearing-challenged individuals inÂ popular culture overall. If hearing-impaired children had more heroes (and why shouldnâ€™tÂ they), there wouldnâ€™t be as much stigma surrounding wearing hearing aids. The children weÂ see in our practice are inspiring, with their wit, enthusiasm and joy. I just want them toÂ experience everything they possibly can, and that includes acceptance of their condition byÂ those around them.
So maybe you know a child that likes to read? By exposing them to books and television andÂ interactions that normalize hearing loss, maybe fewer children will have to suffer fromÂ stigma and misconceptions.