Yesterday at the playground, a younger child was eyeing Ben's hearing equipment with interest. I could tell that his mother was a little nervous, hoping her son wasn't being rude. So I said, "Ben, it looks like O--- is curious about your equipment. Can you tell him what that is behind your ears?" O---'s mother broke in with a bright, nervous, "Oh, are those hearing aids? To help him hear?" Ben responded, "Yes, and this" (pointing to his right ear) "is a cochlear implant, to help me hear louder."
The other mother was very impressed (and relieved that it wasn't such a big deal). I was almost crying inside, I was so proud.
Later, Ben and O--- were running in big circles around the playground, and the other mother was again impressed by the fact that Ben could clearly hear and understand me even when running at full tilt away from me. Not a bad advertisement for cochlear implant technology!
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