Senator, local non-profit advocate for hearing-impaired kids

Senator, local non-profit advocate for hearing-impaired kids

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 3:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County is among the worst in the state when it comes to treating hearing-impaired kids.

So, a local non-profit that works with these kids is teaming-up with a senator to help get the word out.

Valerie and Dominic Roberti knew something wasn't quite right with their daughter Violet, but they weren't sure exactly what was going on.

Turns out she is hearing impaired in both ears. But they didn't catch it until she was 2-years-old.

A test in the hospital when she was first born showed the possibility of some issues, but doctors dismissed it.

Shannon Tucker, the executive director at non-profit Charlotte speech and hearing center, says they see this all too often.

"First few months of the infant's life is when they really need to hear that language and get the input of the sound. That is the most critical time," she says.

So Senator Jeff Tarte spent Thursday at the center, trying to figure out ways to make sure kids from low income families get the help they need when they need it.

Violet is now three and has two hearing aids.

Mom says, "She’s still a year behind in speaking, and if we got it done right away she would have been very close to where she should be for her age."

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