Kids with cochlear implants | Featured bloggers

Contributed by | Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

During the month of September, Healthy Hearing will be featuring different bloggers in the hearing loss community. From those across the ocean to parents of children with hearing loss, we'll take a closer look at some of the top blogs and resources available to you! 

If you’ve ever heard the words “cochlear implant” come out of your audiologist’s mouth, you know how terrifying it can be. Now imagine if he were referring to your child. Dealing with your child’s hearing loss is frightening enough, what with worrying about social acceptance, cognitive development and general happiness. But surgically inserting a permanent (and visible) device is a daunting prospect for parents, not to mention the children themselves.

But wait, it’s all worth it. Several parent bloggers who have children with cochlear implants are here to assure you everything will be okay. Their children, who in most cases don’t respond to hearing aids, live happy, normal lives, mainly because they can hear!

Cochlear implants don't have to be scary and 
these bloggers prove why!

Val Blakely is one such parent, whose two children, Gage and Brooklyn, are the subject of her blog, Cochlear Kids. Gage and Brooklyn are currently in the eighth and fifth grades, respectively, and Val takes you through all of their trials, from the beginning stages to the initial implant, to Gage’s rare infection and the implant’s subsequent removal, to his eventual bilateral implantation. Val also shares videos, audiograms and everyday developments like Gage’s new interest in the guitar.

“We've had a super great team this whole time helping us to make sure we knew how to play and interact with the kids so that their days filled with learning, fun, and language,” Val says on her about page about their journey as a family.

Susannah Prinz also has a great team on her side in dealing with her little girl (whom she refers to simply as M) and her cochlear implants. Her team includes her family, who are clearly very involved with her children and are a big part of her blog, Good But Hard. She even has a video of her brother rapping his self-written song about M’s “bionic ears,” which he used to sing to her before she could even hear him.

Susannah has a particularly reassuring message for parents with children who need cochlear implants:

it is not the path i would have chosen,


i never imagined how rich a journey we would be embarking on,

how happy + vibrant our daughter would be,

and how many gifts would come with the challenge of deafness.


{and if you have just found out that your child has hearing loss,

feel free to contact me with any questions.

i will start by saying,

your child will be ok.

no matter how you proceed or what communication options you choose?

he or she will be happy, and you will learn how to best parent & love on your kiddo.}

If you need inspiration to face the extreme challenges, take a quick skim through Triplet Princes and a Princess, which chronicles the hearing loss and severe health issues of Jennifer Wallace’s four children. Two of her three triplet sons have hearing loss, and her youngest daughter has a myriad of health problems that have required multiple surgeries.

While Jennifer’s job has been a stressful one, she makes sure to focus on the bright side of the problems her children have faced. “I started this blog when I had triplets and it morphed into our life with triplets and our journey to hearing with Cormac,” Jennifer writes of her first child to experience hearing loss. “It's a journey no one would choose if given a choice. No one wants their child's life to be any more difficult than it has to be. But it is a journey I wouldn't trade. I have met so many wonderful people along the way. I have met so many inspiring people. I have met parents who fight the fight for their kids. I have Cormac to thank for all these wonderful people in my life.

“And I will say this...Cormac would never change a thing about his life.... And how do I know this? Because not only has he told me this but the smile on his face and his love for life tell me it every day.”

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