Originally Posted by deafbajagal
Kids with moderate to severe loss should be able to discriminate between a siren of an ambulance and a country ballad. If they are going to make kids wear CIs or aids...at least support it by providing tools to benefit from them as much as possible...otherwise it's all mumble jumble.
I am going to have to disagree with this. The dB and the Hz level at which a child is able to perceive sound with a device or without says virtually nothing about the brain's ability to take that input and process it into something meaningful. That is what discrimination is all about. And that is why some people in a moderate to severe range are able to discriminate speech very well, while others can't.
Parents, especially, make a huge mistake in equating perception with actual hearing. Hearing involves processing what has been perceived into a meaningful bit of information.