In order to help the Deaf/deaf children, Shizuoka Prefecture has developed a "notebook on hearing" to make the lifestyle guidance and treatment available and to record the status of the hearing.
According to the Prefecture, the introduction of a similar notebook is nation's first. The Prefecture started distribution in four hospitals including the Prefecture General Hospital.
The notebook has, in addition to items that will be recorded with time about the fit condition of hearing aids and hearing test results, description of purchase subsidy program of hearing aids and hearing mechanisms.
About 2500 copies will be distributed free to children with hearing loss or possibility to hearing impairment under the age of 18. The Deaf/deaf children under the age of 18 are estimated to be about 880 in the prefecture.
I wish sign language should be mentioned as one of the options in the hearing notebook, too.