“Mom, did you wear hearing aids when you were a baby?” “No Fiona, I didn’t because I when I was born, I could hear. “ “I don’t want to wear hearing aids.” Fiona said. She let her head hang towards the floor. I had my head peered out the bathroom door. I wanted to make […]

Creek, only a trickle of water left below a backdrop of tan hills. Rust colored bay leaves on the dry ground, fallen tree, roots exposed, cut, covered in dirt, spiderwebs. Moss fading on tree trunks, birds chirp and woodpeckers peck. I write on the back of Jack and Fiona’s summer school schedule as I sit […]

Kiddie pool, unicorn fountain, sunshine, birds chirp, fun summertime day. Fiona doesn’t have on her Right hearing aid. Now I don’t even put her left hearing aid in because it doesn’t help. I keep reminding Fiona’s dad and brother Jack to use sign. I teach them as many signs as they have patience for. I […]

“I’m perplexed” the audiologist said after explaining Fiona’s new audiogram. “You need to take her to the head and neck doctor as soon as possible” While me and Fiona’s teacher spoke to the audiologist, with worried looks on our faces Fiona rolled around on the floor, trying to get my attention. I had been sitting […]

Fiona goes to the bookshelf and grabs storybooks and lays them on the floor in a pile. She counts out seven books, “one, two, three, four, five, sign language?” she puts the sign language book back on the shelf, “I can hear now, we don’t need sign language” she says. “But it’s still good to […]