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.

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Nov 06, 2015
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Nov 06, 2015
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Jun 13, 2015
Not all children have your daughter's experience NEW
by: Anonymous

The child I know got their first CI at a year of age. The second at age 5 but it never worked right. As a teen has refused to use the second one. Even though this child speaks fine, there is isolation due to hearing children not having patience with had the child hears more like hard of hearing. ASL is loved by this teen.

You did not answer whether you still use ASL too.

Jun 13, 2015
UPDATE NEW
by: Miss Kat's Mom

It is many years later and my daughter is doing amazing! She just turned 12 and is a superstar! She is going into 6th grade and has spoken language and academic skills completely on par with her hearing peers. She has worked extremely hard and has caught up. She will be attending her neighborhood school with limited support in the fall.

Jun 13, 2015
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by: Anonymous

I hope you are still signing with her even though she has the implants. :)

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Dec 27, 2011
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by: Miss Kat's Mom

She got her second CI at age 7. She didn't love it for the first week or so, but once she was able to understand speech with it, she was happy.

Dec 27, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I am wondering about your daughter who was implanted at age 5 and now has two implants. How old was she when she was implanted the second time? How old is she now? Has she expressed her feelings toward the implants. Does she ever have any problems.

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