In the article, Laura discusses how she would often have concerns about how well she could handle things with her deafness. She wasn't diagnosed with a hearing loss until she was 15 years old, so wearing hearing aids was new for her at a pretty important time of a person's life. She made the best of it, though, and went on to attend college and become a skydiver.
|Hearing loss in kids can sometimes be dismissed as|
selective hearing or just an excitable child.
(From Flickr user smileham)
What I also found striking was that she had to wait 15 years before a 50% loss was diagnosed. According to the article "they" (not sure if it's referring to family or doctors) thought she just had selective hearing.
It reminded me of how my mother had to fight for my own hearing loss to be diagnosed. She suspected a loss (which was mild at the time) when I was young but it wasn't diagnosed until I was 4. Before then she was told that it was just me being a rambunctious toddler. I am happy I didn't have to wait till I was a teenager for the truth to be found out.
When hearing loss is suspected in kids it's important to listen to your gut. It could be nothing but I think parents tend to know best when it comes to their child. My mom had some fairly subtle signs to deal with (since it was just a mild loss at the time) but she knew something was wrong. One of the tip-offs for her, by the way, was the fact that I always wanted to sit on one side of her and not the other when she read to me. That was/is my "good" side and I could hear her better there.
According to this interesting article I found (from 1995), children with hearing loss in one ear are ten times more likely to fail a grade than children who do not have a hearing loss. So I think it is definitely vital to recognize hearing loss right away.