For those new, and looking for information... I am the father of three children. The youngest (now almost 4 years old) was born deaf and got has bi-lateral CI in november 2004. There is no deafness in my family, so deafness was unfamiliar territory for me and the rest of the family (and friends) The following article is long. When I found it on the web, I had to sit down, and read it. But it's a beautiful story with excellent angles. Often hearing parents are told that they "just jump at the opportunity to fix the ears" wheras from my experience and from this article - I know it normally is not like that. Anyway, follow the link and enjoy the read.