A Vision for the Future
Limitless Opportunities for Children with Hearing Loss

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CiCi's Story of Hope

Born into a family bursting with jazz musicians, gospel singers, and music lovers of all kinds, CiCi seemed predestined to have a passion for music. When her parents learned their newborn baby was profoundly deaf, their dreams for her became less clear until they discovered Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).

CiCi grew up to be a confident young woman and accomplished dancer. Hear how early identification, quality pediatric audiology, and LSL intervention changed her life forever.

CiCi’s is just one of the stories in the LSL Life series by Hearing First, an initiative of the Oberkotter Foundation. The docuseries offers a look at the amazing goals families have accomplished when they use LSL.

Discover What's Possible

Through Our Efforts
Together, we are making a difference in the lives of all children who are deaf or hard of hearing so they can reach their full potential.

We fund initiatives that empower families and equip professionals with the information and resources they need.

0M+ Expectant and New Moms Informed

An awareness campaign informs soon-to-be parents that hearing is important for their baby’s development and defines next steps after a newborn hearing screening.

0K+ Professionals Registered for Learning

Free courses focused on evidence-based protocols in Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) and pediatric audiology help professionals up level their practice.

0K+ Families and Professionals Connected

Community, connection, learning, resources, and more shared with families of children with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them.

Our Initiatives

Guided by the latest in science and driven by the promise of what’s possible, the Foundation believes the narrative can be rewritten for every child with hearing loss. 

Our focus areas aim to improve listening, spoken language, and literacy outcomes for all children who are deaf or hard of hearing across the United States.

Learn about what we do

Advance Science & Innovation

Groundbreaking technologies and solutions to unlock new opportunities

Raise awareness

Informing parents-to-be of the importance of newborn hearing and empowering urgent action

Educate & connect

Virtual learning experiences and community spaces for families and professionals

News & Updates

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Oberkotter Foundation Announces Strategic Plan

Today, the Oberkotter Foundation publicly released its strategic plan to address the barriers to care and create equitable access to quality pediatric audiology and Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) services for children who are deaf or hard of hea...

Jun. 6, 2024 3 min read
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