I have been thinking about this the last few days and I am hoping everyone can chime in with their experiences or opinions.
This summer Cormac will be implanted 5 years. I cannot believe it has been 5 years. In those past five years a day has not gone by when I haven't had a moment when I think to myself "Wow" or "I can't believe he heard/said that". I say all the time it is truly a miracle my son can hear and speak. How thankful we are for living in a time when cochlear implants were able to change our lives. Each day I am STILL amazed at what he has accomplished.
At what point do you think children realize what a miracle their cochlear implants are? Do you think as they get older they will fully understand? I know many adults who lost their hearing as adults and they know how it gave them their life back. Cormac doesn't remember NOT hearing. He doesn't remember the surgery. He is only 5 and can't possibly comprehend how different his life could have been. He knows he is deaf and hears because of his implants. But to him, he is just Cormac.
What do you all think? Those of you with older kids do they "get it"? Or is it just their life and it's "no big deal"?