I'm a ASL student and I'm hearing but I would think that the CI would be a good idea to get your child or yourself. You would be able to interact in both hearing and dead worlds and I think that would be pretty cool. You could also communicate with both hearing by speaking and with the deaf by signing. It would be pretty cool to be able to do stuff in both hearing and deaf worlds, I would love to be able to do that. So I would say get the CI, it would be best for your child.