My daughter lost her hearing too.
by Miss Kat's mom
My daughter was born hearing. Due to a medical mistake she began losing her hearing at around 15 months. At 18 months she had a moderate loss and was fitted with hearing aids. We immediately began learning and using ASL. My daughter developed language, but, in-spite of speech therapy and parents who spoke, she developed no spoken language.
At age three our daughter entered a bi-bi school for the Deaf. Her language continued to grow and she continued to lose hearing. She had absolutely no speech understanding (other than her own name.)
At age 5, her loss became severe. She had dipped into cochlear implant candidacy. I had been anti-CI up until this point...because I could be! I thought that parents chose CIs because they were lazy and didn't want to learn ASL. I started researching and eventually we came to the conclusion that the CI is simply another tool.
We implanted our daughter at age 5. Her progress has been TREMENDOUS. She went from having zero spoken language understanding to being able to understand and converse with even strangers. In her testing she understands greater than 95% of very similar sound words (gum vs gun). In real life, she can understand and talk with the kids at the part.
We are very happy with her implant(implants now, since she went bilateral this summer.) We had only hoped to gain what she had lost with her latest drop in hearing (the ability to turn to her name and environmental sounds) but it ended up opening up a whole new world for her.