The reason to be loud on Friday

 

 

This Friday marks the annual fundraising campaign for Loud Shirt Day, where money raised helps deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids learn to listen and speak like their hearing friends.

Without the support of Loud Shirt Day children, like Waiuku’s Angus Thomson, wouldn’t be able to receive the therapy provided at The Hearing House, Greenlane, who directly benefit from the funds raised by the campaign.
Angus was the first New Zealand baby to receive publicly funded cochlear implants for both ears. Thanks to the implant technology and specialised therapy called Auditory-Verbal Therapy, deaf children, like Angus, are well on their way to develop clear, natural-sounding speech.
The cheeky toddler receives speech and hearing therapy once a fortnight, and while he is on track for his hearing, he hasn’t yet caught up to his chronological age just yet, although mum, Zoe, believes that will soon happen.
“He certainly keeps me on my toes, just as any cheeky, nearly two year old boy would,” she laughs.
Angus was born profoundly deaf after contracting the CMV virus, which is the leading cause of deafness in the world. When he was born, there were fears that he was going to be blind, as well as brain damaged, but despite the odds, Angus is meeting all his development milestones.
“Thanks to the Hearing House, Angus will be given the best chance possible to develop what you would consider normal speech and language, and will help him overcome learning difficulties. Fundraising campaigns like Loud Shirt Day help to make this all possible.”
Loud Shirt Day is Friday, September 18, and this year it is animal themed. Individuals, shop teams and schools are urged to take part.
More details can be found at www.loudshirtday.co.nz

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