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