Listening Together is an organization that supports the education and rehabilitation of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) around the world through parent empowerment, professional development, and public awareness.
Childhood hearing loss impacts a child’s ability to learn the language(s) of her home and community. However with early diagnosis of hearing loss, adequate auditory access to speech through hearing aids or cochlear implants, and family-centered early intervention provided by qualified professionals, the child can learn to talk. Engaged and empowered parents working in collaboration with skilled and knowledgeable professionals, can help a child reach her potential, become a productive member of the community, and achieve her dreams.
Currently, there is disparity in the resources, services, and supports available to children and families around the world. There are multiple barriers to early diagnosis and early access to sound through hearing technology. There is an acute shortage of professionals who have specialized knowledge in developing listening and spoken language in young children who are deaf and hard of hearing, empowering their families, and supporting their teachers.
Co-founders of Listening Together, Ahladhini Rao Dugar, M.E.D., and Uma Soman, Ph.D., LSLS Cert AVEd. believe that when parents choose a listening and spoken language approach, their children should have the opportunity to learn to speak the language(s) of their home and participate in their community. While currently residing in the US, both Ahladhini and Uma are interested in working with parents, professionals, and communities around the world.