The foundation’s mission is to provide medical and surgical treatment, hearing technologies, speech and hearing rehabilitation, and educational support to those who are in financial need. Today’s revolutionary technologies, such as digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, and auditory-verbal therapy, make a hearing-speaking life and higher quality education available to many deaf children and adults. Our specialized team consists of an otologic surgeon, audiologists, a speech-language pathologist, an educational consultant, and a psychologist. We serve people of all colors, creeds, and nations of origin.
In our one of a kind program, we individualize each child and adult’s treatment to provide the extraordinary attention needed to optimize each person’s potential to hear, speak, and receive a higher quality education. Our program is separate from, yet supportive of, public school programs for children with hearing loss. Public schools are unable to offer the high degree of individual therapy, parent education/training, and medical management our program provides. We understand this, and in our first few years of intensive management of these children, it is our goal to prepare them to attend mainstream schools with normally hearing children. We currently have children throughout Texas who are receiving a quality education with their hearing peers in mainstream schools after their initial years with us. Mainstreaming children with hearing loss into regular classrooms saves the public school system up to $200,000 per child. In addition, rather than being considered disabled throughout adulthood, as some adults with severe hearing loss are, those who are more proficient in the English language and able to speak, can achieve higher levels of employment and independence.
A respected government study has shown that upon graduation from high school, many students from public deaf education programs enter adulthood minimally employable with an average 3rd grade reading level, and ineffective oral and writing skills. In contrast, numerous studies have demonstrated the superior outcomes of students who receive modern hearing aids or cochlear implants combined with auditory-verbal therapy.
Expense continues to be a barrier that prevents many children and adults from receiving this life changing treatment. With your help, we can offer these outcomes to a greater number of individuals throughout the Dallas area.