Insight into a Cure

When Del Mar residents Jill and Evan Stone welcomed their daughter Liz back from her freshman year of college out of state, they thought they’d finally mastered the parenting thing. Specifically, the parenting of two profoundly deaf children. Sure, they’d faced plenty of challenges, plenty of doubt, frustration, anger and every other emotion imaginable when experiencing the difficulties that come with trying to bring up two children born deaf, but otherwise normal, in a hearing world. They had struggled alongside Liz through the already-awkward teen years during which socialization was made even more difficult due to her deafness. They’d recently welcomed back their son, Adam, from six years away at a St. Louis boarding school for deaf children. He’d entered middle school, and he proved to be whip-smart, even among his hearing peers. They felt they could finally settle in and relax.
“We didn’t care about deaf at that point,” Evan says, adding that both Adam and Liz now have cochlear implants that allow them to hear to a certain degree, though for cultural reasons, they choose to keep them turned off. “Deaf was irrelevant. It really was. Profoundly deaf? Who cares. The kids are fine. Being deaf is part of a culture of deafness that they’re very comfortable with.” Read more here.

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