Corbin’s first three years of life were a whirl of doctor appointments due to the severe ear and sinus infections that kept him sick almost everyday. At age 3 1/2, Corbin’s parents were concerned about his hearing, and asked for his hearing to be tested. Their worse fears were confirmed–Corbin now had permanent hearing loss as a result of those infections and necessary treatments. Corbin received hearing aids a few months later.
Corbin’s mom Sabrina, an early childhood educator, knew that 90% of what a child knows by age 5 is learned incidentally; just by hearing conversations from the people around them. Sabrina also knew having a hearing loss would make that incidental learning harder, so she continued to work with Corbin daily.
Corbin was evaluated by the preschool team in his school district but not knowing what to look for, Corbin didn’t qualify for additional services. So Corbin started school without supports.
Sabrina explains, “At the first parent-teacher conference, his teacher expressed concern about his volume level in the classroom, as well as his listening skills. She explained that she had to tell him directions and things multiple times before he would follow through, about twice as much as she was having to tell the other children. I had also noticed this at home, and felt that Corbin had gone so long without being able to hear, that he was unaware of social cues to know when he needed to be listening.”