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"My parents could ask our deaf babysitter all kinds of questions about deaf people."
Martine and Roos Wattel
"My parents were fine with my deafness because of our Islamic faith."
"My third child was hearing, which was new to me."
"We can tell friends and family something about his development, but his ears won't change."
"His hearing loss quickly became less important."
"Some deaf children think it's something to grow out of."
"I really wonder how he's going to experience it later on."
"The youngest is now two years old, I don't know if they're gonna use a hearing aid."
"It wasn't until later that we realized: not being able to hear, that's actually kind of complicated."
"If you can't hear, you're deaf. I think 'very severely hearing impaired' is very weird."
"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."
"People looked at me funny when I said I didn't think it was sad to be deaf at all."
"A CI can be useful if you get it when you're still young, but it's no use to me."
"I have felt like we were missing help from within the deaf community. You mostly see hearing professionals."
"Five days after his birth he was already getting hearing tests done."
"Deafness used to not be quite as well known, my mother would explain what it was to the other children."
"Society makes us handicapped."
"Meeting deaf adults gave our parents a positive attitude towards deaf children."
"Will he be able to enjoy music?"
"As a child I didn't know putting something down on a table made a sound."
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