As a father of a Deaf child, I agree with most of this article, but I disagree
with the statement that without sound, the child will be behind or delayed. I
agree that they will be behind with vocal speech, but my 3 year old daughter was
born with a profound hearing loss, and we have all worked very hard to sign with
her. She uses American Sign Language, and is at or above grade level on all
assessments. Deaf children need sound to speak, but do not need
sound to develop or progress. They simply need language. I am glad there are
ways for those who need hearing aids to get financial support.
What a great program for children who are deaf. I think that everyone should
have the opportunity to hear and when you are little like that hearing is a
crucial part of life. I remember watching the video of the baby that gets the
new hearing aids and hears for the first time. It is really crazy how the baby
immediately stops crying once they know that they can hear.