Silence was all around me as I swayed in the rocking chair with my sleeping four-month-old son. Fancy electrodes covered his tiny forehead, and squishy ear buds lay in his baby ears. Silence mixed with the hushed voices of pediatric audiologists and the faint tones coming from the ear buds. My son didn’t move a muscle, but my stomach churned with anxiety. Silence was my response to the compassionate explanation of his bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. And I wondered if silence was all he would hear for the rest of his life.

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