Originally Posted by faire_jour
Once your child is old enough to choose, you have already made the decision for them. Not giving a CI before window of language learning closes (about age 7 or 8) is closing the door on the ability to listen and understand spoken language easily.*
*In the case of a profoundly deaf child from birth who isn't raised orally
I would talk to my child about it before the age of 7 or 8. I just don't think I have to get my 18 month old infant implanted. Up until then I would give my child both spoken and signed language so that they could develop language while still in the window for learning language.