As a young woman, I knew there were deaf people out there. I just never understood how different things were for them until I had my oldest daughter. She was born with her hearing but it was never what the doctors said it should be. At a year old, she went completely deaf. I was devastated, I didn’t know what to do. I denied it for about a year and a half. We went through tests for almost two years before her insurance would cover the cochlear implant.
Those years were hard on me and her dad, we split up and had to watch our little girl grow more and more frustrated with the situation. There were days that she would smack herself in the head out of frustration and other days she wouldn’t even play with her toys. When the time came for the surgery, we were very nervous and scared.
Everything went fine during the surgery. About two months later, we went in to the hospital and they gave my daughter her head piece. Now she can hear again but everything is distorted and electronic sounding to her. She is now eleven years old and lives a very active life. She has learned sign language and has even taught her dad and I. She is a wonderful young lady who even though she is hearing impaired, doesn’t let it bother her in any way. She is my inspiration when things get bad.
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