Our second child, Milo, was born a beautiful,
contented baby and a welcome addition to our family. As the
months rolled by we became unsure that he was able to hear
properly but felt reassured that he passed both his 8 and 15 month
hearing tests. I recall the health visitor saying that she was certain
that Milo could hear but that he wouldn't play the 'listening game'
either way she felt sure that a hearing problem he may have would
not affect his speech. How shocked we were to find out that he was
profoundly deaf, after the shock came the sense of grief as we
wondered what would become of him. Shortly after I enrolled on a
British Sign Language course and BSL became Milo's only method
of communication until he was four and a half years old.
We decided that Milo should have a cochlear implant and he was
implanted on October 8th 2001 he also received follow up care and
speech and language therapy from the implant centre.