Engagement with Science Among Parents of Hearing Impaired Children: Affordances and Strengths

Can science knowledge benefit people in their daily life? This question arises, for example, when a family receives the diagnosis that their child has a hearing loss.

Previous research has shown that the chances of the hearing impaired child to fulfill his/her potential is dependent on receiving the proper tools of communication with the hearing environment; moreover, good academic achievement also results in a better future for the hearing impaired child.

These goals may be achieved if the families acquire enough information and understanding of the problem and the possible solutions. It is not a simple task. The parents have to deal with a lot of medical, technological and audiological information during the first months of their emotional storm.

The main goal of this research will be to find out if this “headache” of reading and dealing with information is really a boost for a better future for the hearing impaired child.

Project Members

Sofi Shauli, Ph.D. Student

Sophie Shauli, Ph.D. Student

Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Associate Professor

Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Associate Professor