Support the families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) by providing financial assistance for education, advanced hearing technology and medical care to ensure each and every child reaches their full potential in life.
JCCF's vision is a world in which no child is limited by struggles with hearing loss.
Why We're Here
Hearing loss in a child can affect their speech, language, social and intellectual skills development. Two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Experts recommend newborn screening be completed by 1 month, diagnosis by 3 months, and intervention and treatment by 6 months.
Research has shown that the earlier a child receives a diagnosis of a hearing loss along with professional intervention, the more likely they are to reach their full potential in life. Advanced tools like hearing aids and cochlear implants, coupled with education and monitoring by the hearing-health community, are used widely today. Unfortunately, the cost to families can be staggering. For example, specialized school tuition can range from $3,500 to $36,000 for a full year. The average cost of a set of hearing aids is $5,000; and the cost of cochlear implant devices alone can range from $3,000 to $10,000.