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Our Stories - a diary of parents raising deaf and hard of hearing kids

 

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"Believe in what your children can achieve and that is all they need to live their dreams… "

- Anna and Jec Gargarita
Quezon City, Philippines


Quianna was born at exactly 37 weeks without any complications of pregnancy. This was why when the hearing screening test was performed and returned with a deferred result, we were confused as to how and why. After a series of tests, it was confirmed that “Q” (as how we call her) had profound sensorineural hearing loss on both ears.

We had our fair share of crying, maybe because we didn't know any other way to cope. But then we realized that there was an end to crying.This was when we realized that technology has a lot to offer for our little girl. More than what technology, the internet and medical science has to offer, the parents of a hearing impaired child play a very important role in helping the child develop the best person he/she can become.

We are very thankful for Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Dr. Ethel Alvarez, Dr. Norberto Martinez, Dr. Francis Dimalanta and UST CAS, Manila Hearing Aid, Ma’am Becky of St. Francis School - VSA Arts Philippines, Inc., Teacher Michelle, John Tracy Clinic Distance Education and Chatter Therapy Center and every other helpful heart who guided our way towards realizing that there is so much we can contribute for a brighter future for our daughter.

We had gone through Parent-Infant Program (our baby was 5 months old then) early and we were taught how to maximize sound reception and learning through baby and toddler activities. We were taught that it is important to learn that every interaction with our child is priceless. Every word uttered, emotion revealed, sound created and idea shared is additional information that can be building blocks for our kid’s learning process. This was what governed us and what made us decide to alter some household situations (I had to quit a job that I enjoyed to personally take care of my daughter, while my husband had to search for a better paying job, even if it meant being away most of the times.)

Now that she is 3 years old (turning 4 in June 2013) we are very proud to tell everyone that although our daughter needs her aids to hear well, this did not stop her to develop a wide range of vocabulary and exhibit good oral reading and comprehension skills at an early age. She now wears digital aids and we were told that she may not need a cochlear implant in the future because she shows great response in using behind the ear hearing aids. She continuously goes to speech therapy and enjoys playing and socializing just like any other hearing toddler. She goes to mainstream play school, but will be later on transferred to a progressive school as advised by our developmental pedia.

It seems like our daughter has learned a lot from us, but we must admit, we have learned a lot from our daughter too. We are amazed at her strength and perseverance to learn despite difficulties in hearing and in speech. We learned and continue to learn that this little girl who has been diagnosed with a hearing impairment has determination taller than her height. She looks at things with hope. She gives out all of her heart to learn, to talk and to maximize what life has to offer. Having in this in our minds, we smile. We see the future with a better outlook now.  We know, the future may be difficult, but we are ready to face challenges. We are determined to let our daughter know that we are with her every decibel of the way. q

 

 

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