Reasons Why it can be Advantageous to Have a Hearing Impaired Child
Jill Worthington, Past Chair of VOICE
for Hearing Impaired Children, London
doesn’t hear the high-pitched bell on the Dickey Dee ice cream cart
that comes around every day of summer just before dinner time.
9. S/he can be summoned from across a crowded room with the "silent
scream" because of lip reading ability.
8. S/he sleeps through incredible thunderstorms while camping. Children
in all other campers/tents are whining, crying and screaming.
7. Working parents don't need to worry about doing housework at night
while s/he sleeps. Go ahead and vacuum under the bed.
6. Opportunity to look really silly chasing your child down the beach
with flapping arms, because hearing aids don’t like sand and turf.
5. No need to worry about decorating your house for years, as the walls
are covered with vocabulary lists, pictures of words you are working on
and object labels for those important pre-reading skills.
4. You can use the child's closed caption decoder to watch television
while talking to long-winded relatives, comforting a fussy (but loud)
baby or vacuuming the carpeting.
3. In the early years, you will gain the incredible ability to keep up
a running monologue for hours at a time. "Do you want some juice?
Yes, I want some juice. Glug, glug, glug; the juice is pouring."
This is even more fun when practiced in public places. For instance, the
grocery store, "Do we need some apples? Let's get some apples. Crispy,
juicy apples, yummy." This Auditory-Verbal procedure will draw stares
from passersby, especially if you have forgotten that the child is not
with you at the time.
2. Loud party (complete with ear-splitting music) at totally rude neighbor's
house doesn't wake him/her at 2:00 a.m.
1. Very close parent/child bond formed by all those hours of doing Auditory-Verbal
therapy and riding to and from the thousands of ENT/audiologist/pediatrician/AVT