My hearing journey
Our first child, Jessica, was implanted at a young age. We were worried about the effects of deafness on her speech and language development so we felt that every day she couldn’t hear counted.
Jessica was born in 2010. She underwent a newborn hearing screening and failed the initial test. We remained positive at first but became increasingly concerned when she failed further tests. Then we were told that she was profoundly deaf, which was a big shock. It took us a while to adjust to the situation. With Jessica being our first child, it felt as though the life we’d planned was suddenly taken away.
Our audiologist mentioned cochlear implants (CIs) immediately. We did lots of research ourselves and met families at a user group meeting through the clinic. A mother whose daughter had been deafened by meningitis explained the process and told us what it was like to have a child with a CI. Jessica went through a very thorough assessment process. The CI team members were fantastic and very understanding. They listened to our concerns, and gave us time to ask questions and get to grips with everything.
Four years later our second daughter, Penny, was born. We knew Jessica’s hearing loss was genetic and assumed Penny would also be born deaf. We felt more prepared when Penny failed her newborn hearing screening but she had other complications in her assessment process, causing us more anxiety. We just wanted to get her implanted so she could start hearing like her big sister.