The journey that parents go on to provide their children with cochlear implants is challenging and mentally exhausting, so when activation day finally arrives parents may feel as though they are crossing a “finish line” of sorts. However, activation day is actually the beginning of the marathon, not the end.
Should I try to provide my child with access to sound using medical technology or not?
How many “big” decisions have you faced in your lifetime? Personally, I haven’t faced many too many. However, becoming the parent of a profoundly deaf child has thrust me into the Big Leagues of decision making.
I can hear, but my daughter cannot. How do I help her learn to speak when I can’t communicate with her?
Parents of profoundly deaf children have a difficult decision to make: we must choose how our child will communicate for the rest of his/her life. Will your child use audible speech or sign language to communicate with others? There is a strong debate over this issue.
A stranger wearing plain white sneakers and scrubs entered the small postpartum recovery room that was the current home of my wife, my two-day-old daughter, and I. She had a small device that looked like an overgrown iPod. It had a wire with an earbud, a small screen, and some buttons. “Hi, I’m here to check your…