“Most of the time, I forget that they have hearing loss, except when we’re in bed at night because Dacie has to take her “ears” (cochlear implants) off and we can’t talk,” said big sister, Josie. “Most of the time, they hear better than other kids.” Dacie reads as well as other kids, too. Her favorite stories are mysteries, especially The Boxcar Children.
The critical window for brain development for listening and spoken language skills is ages 0 to 3 years. “If you put the hard work in with them during these young years, when they’re seven, eight, nine years old, then it’s over, and for the rest of their life, they can walk into any restaurant and order what they want, they can communicate with any adult, they can have any job,” said Dustin. “There’s no difference between them and anyone else. Dig in and be your kid’s best advocate.”