When their newborn failed a hearing test, Quinn and Kai were distraught. Their pediatrician reassured them their baby was a candidate for a cochlear implant – an electronic device consisting of an external part worn behind the ear and an internal part surgically placed under the skin – that could partially restore hearing through electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve.
“We were told Casey would go to a mainstream school and learn to hear and talk just like any other kid,” Quinn told us. “The doctors said to speak to him as if he were hearing and not to learn sign language, because it would inhibit his spoken language development.” A few years later, Casey could speak some words but fell short of language milestones. Quinn and Kai’s story is one that is all too familiar to parents of