Originally Posted by CreatedNat
My BrideGroom David and I have also decided that we will wait until after I have healed from my surgery, and know how the surgery affects me, before we continue on the CI journey with Ally. She is making wonderful progress with ASL, and the speech therapist comes over once a week to work with her on trying to listen and speak (but she is still a baby). We are continuing this, and understand that although research has shown the earlier we implant the better her results with the CI will be, we know she is and will be fine even if we never get her a CI, or wait for her to decide (after reading some of the threads here, we have looked and thought maybe we should let her decide on her own).
On the other hand, does Ally have residual hearing? Unless a kid has a deep profound unaidable loss, it is very hard to tell how well a deaf kid can hear.
There is a reason why a lot of us were identified when we were toddlers or even first graders. Kids still developed oral skills/abilties when they were implanted at 2 or aided at three. The window for learning oral skills is STILL very much open.