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I've grown up with partial hearing loss.

I didn't know I was partially deaf. I thought all kids could hear the same. I know this sounds odd but when you are a kid, especially days gone by, you just did what was yelled at you.

I was put in either the bad kids class because I didn't do what I was told, then other years put in the dumb kids class because the class was told to do something and I didn't know what to do.

I got to lip read which is what I do these days. I now use it to my advantage, if GF is saying something from the other room I ignore her and pretend I haven't heard. And unless she and other are facing me when they speak I say something like "Sorry I don't speak Dutch, what is that in English?" That really winds them up so they speak clearly and look at me now LOL

I got given a hearing aid but I couldn't be bothered using it.
We have led parallel lives. I have always had poor hearing and briefly wore a hearing aid when I was in grade school. I also honed my fighting skills in those years.

It seems that your son is very adaptive, Peppy. If the implant(s) will improve his quality of life then it would seem to be a viable option. He has demonstrated that he has tremendous ability and perhaps at this time waiting until he is more mature and is able to decide, with your help, what the best course of action for him would be.

I am having trouble hearing my 11 year old right now and maybe it is time to buy in on the hearing aid thing again.

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Not really relevant to the discussion but...

I'm partially deaf. I can hear most things if loud enough but my main problem is understanding people during a conversation.
At normal talking volumes if I can't see their lips moving I can't understand what they're saying.
(Face to face work meetings are especially difficult.)

I've been dealing with this issue for more than 30 years & I'm OK with it now but I often feel left out in group conversations.

After seeing all of the specialists etc. they only thing they can offer me is hearing aids.
At some point I'll get them but my vanity wont allow that right now.

The only advice I can give a parent with a deaf child is don't treat them any different & make sure they can see your face/lips when your speaking.
The rest will work itself out. They'll be at a disadvantage at times but they'll adapt.
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Not really relevant to the discussion but...

I'm partially deaf. I can hear most things if loud enough but my main problem is understanding people during a conversation.
At normal talking volumes if I can't see their lips moving I can't understand what they're saying.
(Face to face work meetings are especially difficult.)

I've been dealing with this issue for more than 30 years & I'm OK with it now but I often feel left out in group conversations.

After seeing all of the specialists etc. they only thing they can offer me is hearing aids.
At some point I'll get them but my vanity wont allow that right now.

The only advice I can give a parent with a deaf child is don't treat them any different & make sure they can see your face/lips when your speaking.
The rest will work itself out. They'll be at a disadvantage at times but they'll adapt.
My son is like that, teacher said he won't participate in class discussions. We did explain that he can't hear most of what is said.
We try not to let him use it as an excuse, but I think he does.

A hearing loss in more noticeable than a hearing aid
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My son is like that, teacher said he won't participate in class discussions. We did explain that he can't hear most of what is said.
We try not to let him use it as an excuse, but I think he does.

A hearing loss in more noticeable than a hearing aid
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Well we had our appointment for a second opinion and his hearing is the same as it had been before the bad tests. We are not sure we understand why he tested twice and it was low, but I'm glad we didn't put a whole in his head for the implants.
The testing today was different than the other hospitals. They tested his hearing with background noise and also did sentence comprehension. He was back in the 80% on word recognition and in the 90's for sentences.
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My hearing went south in my 40's. 90% gone (i.e., profound) left and 60% gone (i.e., marked) in the right. I went full on for hearing aids with horrible acclimation and major frustration.

But here's the thing. Hearing loss doesn't only effect the hearing-impaired person. Everyone a hearing-impaired person interacts with also has to deal with the condition. Nobody likes to repeat themselves. Nobody likes the TV volume dialed up to 11. Nobody likes to touch a person to get their attention. There are countless other such incidents everyday.

In my opinion, a late-onset hearing-impaired person who hasn't given hearing aids an honest shot is being selfish. To refuse hearing aids by virtue of vanity is not reasonable. I wear mine only for the parts of the day when I need to interact with people. For me, due to an anatomical anomaly, they are painful, they cause infections they need maintenance and I have become dependent on them. In truth, they have made my life miserable. But my grandkids can talk to me, I can use a telephone, Hear the songs of birds, and a little very familiar music. And I probably won't get run over by a train because I didn't hear it coming. Unfortunately, some people never accomodate.

When the time comes, I will not hesitate to get implants.

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