Hello, my name is Brianna.
In my class, a girl who is my friend named B (10 years old). Three years ago, her mother heard about cochlear implant from her hearing friend and had B going through cochlear implant surgery.
Ever since B's speech isn't as intelligible or articulate even not able to hear and understand speech as she is able to when using signs.
Her mother sees that there is no improvement or change in her speech skills since.... Wondering if it is worth it to have C.I. for her daughter?
Then one day, her mother accidently threw the cochlear implant device (used incorrect handshape sign for C.I.)..oops I mean cochlear implant (with 2-bent handshape) sorry...in the water when doing the laundry.
The device was broken but it was not fixed right away as it was being put off.
Her mother can see that B is still happy without C.I. because she is able to communicate using signs. Then finally got the C.I. device fixed and B is still happy because she has access to signs.
It is fine for C.I. with signs.
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Please note that her mother (hearing) already knew about C.I. since her daughter was younger but did not pursue having C.I. until B wanted to have one. Her mother realized that her daughter was still happy when her C.I. was not working because she had access to communication using signs which was why she didn't get C.I. fixed right away.
Her wearing the C.I. is never considered a main vessel to communication since she is not able to fully comprehend speech and not able to produce intelligible speech. Using signs allow B to have the freedom to communicate making her happy.
She loves her mother so dearly and faithfully. It is a beautiful thing!