Developer, Broadway Star Discuss the Importance of Listening

Friday, August 16, 2019

For Rick Caruso, developer of The Grove, hearing loss hits close to home. His daughter, Gianna, was born with hearing loss, which was detected with a hearing test that was mandated by state law.

Debbie Schrader, the educational specialist at the USC Keck School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology – which deals with ears, noses and throats and is named in honor of the Caruso family – said it’s vital for children to be able to hear as much as possible, especially early in their lives. Children need 20,000 hours of “linguistic input” to be ready to learn to read and write, she said.