Greetings from the Loudest House on the Block. Many may claim this title, but only our house can truly live up to the name. I am a stay at home mom to four children- and yes, that alone does not entitle me to claim this dubious honor- but, in our case, these four children are all hearing impaired. This is where most people tell me, "yes, my kids don't listen to me either", but in my case I was being very literal. Somehow, we have won the lottery of familial hearing loss. I choose to look at it as 'winning', rather than pondering our ability to beat the genetic odds. Fortunately, my husband and I have had an eight year education in hearing impairment, deafness, Hard of Hearing-ness (and any other PC term you'd like to use).
When I decided to write this Blog, I wasn't sure why, or what I hoped to accomplish. I guess in all honesty, I really am not hoping to accomplish anything, but to share a bit of our very wacky, always chaotic, and extremely LOUD, world. When we found out about my oldest child's hearing issues, we really did not find much on the internet, to help us start to put the pieces together. Now, things have changed and there are some great resources out there, but I still feel that if parents who have gone through the 'figuring out' process would all share their experiences it might help ease someone else's concerns, about what it means to raise kids with hearing loss. Everyone's experiences will vary, but I think ultimately what all parents will tell you is it really is not all that different than raising any other child- Yes, I'll probably have to get hearing aids of my own by the time I'm 40.....maybe 45. And, yes I have to keep track of thousands of dollars-worth of hearing equipment for the four children, but all in all- they're just average kids!
For those that want the specifics, I'll share a bit at a time (so I don't bore people too much right away), but we have three children w/ cochlear implants, one who just got her second implant, and the fourth has bilateral hearing aids. All four have progressive hearing loss that we discovered at birth, or shortly thereafter (in the case of our oldest), and all four make frequent trips to the Audiologist, the ENT, and our handy neighborhood Speech Therapist. On top of this, three of them play soccer, one plays softball, one will start t-ball in the Spring, and the youngest is too little to do anything yet (thank goodness)- which will probably explain why the blog took so long to start, and may not always get updated. I'll probably transfer this page to a "background' page at some point, and post more general entries, but I really wasn't sure how to start this puppy, so there you have it! I better run for now- at least it's a start- Bye!