I have been the mother of a child with hearing loss (my son Henry) for a little over 11 years now. I have learned a lot, but I don’t believe I will ever stop learning. I am not the best source for technical information — actually I am a terrible source for technical information. But I can give hope, and humor, and show you the path we have taken with our boy. Having a hearing loss in my family was a difficult thing for me to accept–in the beginning. I had many decisions to make. I had many, many emotions to cycle through. And I cycled over, and over, believe me. I understood, after a while, that there is no one perfect answer for how to “do” it.
What I found when my son was diagnosed was that there was very little information available about what it is like to have a child with hearing loss. What is a typical day like? What are the painful things you go through? What are the joys? I wanted to know what it was going to be like, what it was going to feel like…but there was no one to tell me.
So, I have compiled this listing of posts that deal with hearing loss on some level. This is a work in progress, and I will be adding to it in the future, so check back now and then. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you want more information. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Happy Little Stars You don’t have to fix everything. Some of the quirks are what make life beautiful.
- On Being a Responsible Parent, Which Clearly, I Am Not We all make mistakes sometimes. Don’t let it discourage you. Learn from it.
- This Mama Loves This Baby How I found a special way to connect with my hearing impaired child when I knew he couldn’t hear me. Our bedtime ritual.
- Hearing the Rain What it’s like to see your child hear a sound for the first time.
- Hearing Aids Do Have Some Advantages Humor. He figured out that he doesn’t have to listen to you if he doesn’t want to.
- Boogers This is by far one of the funniest stories about my boy. In my humble opinion, of course. He is just like any other little boy — he knows how to embarass me in public.
- Language Sample A little humor about speech therapy.
- What They Are Missing A more emotional look at having a child with a hearing loss.
- 4 1/2 On letting a little boy just be a little boy for a while. Not everything has to be a “language experience.”
- Accepting the Truth Coming to terms with the fact that my child had a disability.
- The Invisible Disability Feeling frustrated that I don’t understand what it’s like for my child.
- Language of the Foul Type Another bit of humor.
- Shadow Feelings How sometimes, people disappoint you.
- Stepping Stones Henry, legos, and how I feel now, almost ten years after his diagnosis.
For more information on Henry, go here. I think you’ll find he is a beautiful, smart, sweet, impish little boy, not unlike any other.