For right now i want her to try and wear them but as she gets older I will allow her to make her own decision on weather or not to wear them. The Audi told me that if she doesnt wear them she will never learn to talk because she cannot understand what we are sayin to her. I would like for her to be able to talk some even if she chooses not to wear them later and signs instead
WOW! That's an awesome, awesome awesome VERY healthy state of mind to have.
Just wanted to commend you. Wish more parents thought your way!
As for the oral skills...... there are kids out there who learned how to talk with very minmal hearing. I do know that most orally sucessful kids are the product of the private oral schools, or of families who really adopted auditory verbal as a lifestyle. (aka the parents who give their kids toys to increase their SAT scores)
Also, some profoundly deaf kids can hear a percentage of what's said even without hearing aids