Notes under the door

When I have my cochlear implants on I can hear and understand a good majority of things, but when they are off I hear nothing. It’s true I had lost the majority of my hearing before I was implanted, but the surgeries removed what small level of hearing I had left. It’s just one of the very slight downsides to getting cochlear implants, no sweat. But what that means is that I am 100% deaf when I’m not wearing the earpieces, which is mainly when I’m sleeping and showering.

My kids understand this new reality and have adapted. If they wake in the middle of the night and need their mom, they use sign language. If that’s not sufficient, they get an earpiece and battery from my charger on the nightstand and hand it to me to put on.

And as you can see from the photo, when I’m in the shower and they want to tell me they are going outside to play with a neighbor, they leave a note under the bathroom door!

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Note under the door

Kids who live with a deaf parent learn to be creative. My kids are so smart and resilient and I couldn’t be prouder!

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2 thoughts on “Notes under the door”

  1. My husband does this too! It’s especially helpful when he’s telling me somebody has stopped by while I was in the shower, so I don’t go traipsing out of the bathroom in a towel or something, lol.

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