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"My parents could ask our deaf babysitter all kinds of questions about deaf people."
Martine and Roos Wattel
"I have felt like we were missing help from within the deaf community. You mostly see hearing professionals."
"It wasn't until later that we realized: not being able to hear, that's actually kind of complicated."
"I really wonder how he's going to experience it later on."
"His hearing loss quickly became less important."
"People looked at me funny when I said I didn't think it was sad to be deaf at all."
"As a child I didn't know putting something down on a table made a sound."
"My third child was hearing, which was new to me."
"Meeting deaf adults gave our parents a positive attitude towards deaf children."
"Society makes us handicapped."
"My parents were fine with my deafness because of our Islamic faith."
"Some deaf children think it's something to grow out of."
"Deafness used to not be quite as well known, my mother would explain what it was to the other children."
"We've never decided not to do something because they're deaf. The audiologist told us: you can grow up to be old and happy with it."
"If you can't hear, you're deaf. I think 'very severely hearing impaired' is very weird."
"A CI can be useful if you get it when you're still young, but it's no use to me."
"We can tell friends and family something about his development, but his ears won't change."
"The youngest is now two years old, I don't know if they're gonna use a hearing aid."
"Will he be able to enjoy music?"
"Five days after his birth he was already getting hearing tests done."
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