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Do You Talk to Your Family About Being Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

Submitted by Paula Rosenthal on March 6, 2009 – 8:48 am18 Comments

istock_000004811705xsmallThis morning, my 11 year old son, who has normal hearing, had a few minutes to kill before his school bus came. We were talking as I sat in front of my computer, contemplating my next HearingExchange blog post. He was scanning my screen and saw the 10 Random Thoughts post. I asked him if he wanted to read it. “Sure!” my affable middle child replied. He stunned me with his next words, “Are these true?” he asked with a bit of incredulity. He seemed surprised by some of what I had written.

It struck me then that my kids don’t ask a lot of questions about my hearing loss or my husband’s. While my eldest, who is 13, has both me and my husband as her deaf and hard of hearing role models, I don’t think she realizes that we’ve been through many of the same things she is currently experiencing as a deaf teen. My sons, who both have normal hearing, are children of deaf adults (CODAs) which must certainly impact them in some way. I think it’s time to start opening some dialogue on this important topic in our family.

Have you shared insights about your hearing loss with your family? Do you have questions for me about what it has been like? Leave a comment or question below and I’ll be sure to answer. Enjoy the weekend!

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