Hearing

In the gaps between teaching and marking I’ve been working to finish an article on listening. Or, more specifically, on the value of considering sound, together with drawing, as a means of understanding the social world of children. I’ve talked about this as a combined sonic / visual approach to analysis. I might even get chance to send it to a journal soon…

At the same time we have discovered that our baby daughter, Orla, is profoundly deaf. She got the diagnosis at just five weeks old, after ‘failing’ the initial hearing test on her first day in the world. One of my first responses was to learn some sign language, specifically the phrase ‘I love you’. I have found myself using it a lot.

After a string of diagnosis meetings at the hospital we have already had her fitted up for some tiny hearing aids, which she will try after Christmas. We have chosen the sparkly earmolds option as I think Orla’s older sister, Ava, will like them.

Speaking to a doctor about the possibility of a cochlear implant we are taken aback when he suggests that ‘she would be unlikely to meet her potential without one’

Well, I guess that depends how you define potential, doesn’t it?’ I counter, in the most frustrated voice I can muster.

Well, academic, social and getting jobs,’ he clarifies, either not getting my point or dismissing it outright.

Sigh…

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2 thoughts on “Hearing

  1. Chris, Even though we have proressed “technically since even since 50 years ago, but there are still “fences” to be overcome. I can understand what a irksome statement of “potential” made by that person who is supposed to be learned !!
    Best Wishes to you and Jessica .

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  2. Chris, Jess, Ava & Orla….

    Whatever the journey ahead holds for you all, know you are loved and supported by us and with you both as parents Orla..and Ava will outshine us all when it comes to reaching their ‘potential ‘ ❤️

    Love always
    Helen & Richard xx

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