I knew my girl couldn’t hear…I knew she tested as deaf for hearing speech.

But I don’t think I was at all prepared for what that meant. After all, she could sometimes hear things when we were out, like a firetruck, or a loud engine, and she got excited when we were by a jackhammer a couple weeks ago.

But those things are loud. And when she heard them, she heard them the same way you and I hear someone talking…quietly.

I didn’t realize how often little M said “hey?” (her version of huh? or what?), until she didn’t have to anymore. Now, when we take out her hearing aid, I realize how very much she really can’t hear.
I never realized that something little, like the air conditioner fan switching on, could startle someone who has never heard that sound. I never realized how many little sounds there are, until someone started yelling “what’s that sound?” over and over. And I still didn’t usually know what sound she is talking about, since I take all of those little sounds for granted. Even the wind is loud when you haven’t heard it before.

Little M has handled yet another adjustment in her life very well…In just a short week, she is able to wear her hearing aid all day, with only one short break. I am excited to see what next week brings, when we get her hearing aid turned up a bit!

4 Comments

  1. Musings from Kim K. on July 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I'm so impressed. She really is an amazing little girl. Continued blessings.

  2. Crabby McSlacker on July 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    So glad she's able to hear so much better now, what an adorable girl!

  3. Robin on July 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Wow. She is really doing well. So happy for you all.

  4. jessica on July 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Wow, that's quick! So glad she adjusted so quickly. I'm sure her speech is going to take off even more so now!

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