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