Parents of Deaf Children, Stuck in the Middle of an Argument
Thoughtful piece on the dilemma faced by parents of “deaf” children. One thing that many audiologists might take issue with is the statement that “hearing aid use in children, which requires years of visits with doctors, audiologists, and speech therapists, remains controversial.” Studies show that early diagnosis, ongoing intervention with hearing aids, and aural (re)habilitation is beneficial for children with adequate residual hearing. Perhaps the “controversy” results from one’s definition of “adequate,” and when it is preferable to use hearing aids, a cochlear implant, or sign language. One of the most challenging clinical situations that most audiologists will face, and certainly a difficult decision for parents to confront. A good reminder of the importance of our expertise, professionalism, and sensitivity when working with parents and families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Donvito T. (2016) Parents of Deaf Children Stuck in the Middle of an Argument. New York Times. May 24.