Her son has become part of a new generation of profoundly deaf kids who are assimilated into the mainstream hearing world, Jessica Jafet writes in The Atlantic.
But he is not part of the deaf signing culture, nor is he fully part of the "normal" hearing community.
As of 2012, around 38,000 children in the United States had received cochlear implants. "The majority of these children attend schools alongside typical-hearing peers, which can be mentally and emotionally taxing as they work to keep up with the sounds around them."
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