Yes I did have some hearing with my hearing aids, in fact I'm still using them, but my speech discrimination as gone down severely with my drop in hearing. Without lipreading before I got pregnant, I could understand a good 75% on my tests, but in a real world situation, maybe 50%, but with lipreading, that was much better. Now, I'm getting about 30% on my soundbooth tests, and having a much more difficult time in real life situations.
As for my Ally, she has hearing aids now (they are cute and pink, but she hates them... Maya on the other hand... really likes to chew on them). With her abrs, she is scoring about 100 db in both ears. I'm not afraid for her future, because either way, she will have language, asl is her first language, but I just want everything for her, I want Ally and Maya to have the same opportunities, and I don't want people to judge Ally because she can't hear or speak clearly. She hasn't started babling or anything yet, Maya on the other hand, according to my husband, is a little chatterbox. Both girls can tell me they want milk, or sleep... Maya is a daddys girl, and if David is at work, will contatly ask for him.
I have refused to let the doctors persuade me against asl with Ally (oh they have tried... which is really interesting to see when they have an interpreter there for me... and they are telling a Deaf (culturally and all) mom that her daughter has to have only spoken language... through an ASL interpreter...) are there many ci parents who do both asl and spoken with their kids here?