Peter with glasses and cochlear implants

“We’re a very talkative family‚ÄĒand Peter is right there with us!”

‚ÄĒ Peter’s mom


Meet Peter, a young CID graduate.

Peter came to CID shortly after his birth hospital indicated the need for further hearing testing. His initial diagnosis was moderate hearing impairment. CID audiologists fit him with hearing aids and began monitoring his hearing at 4 months of age. CID family center staff visited the family at home from the beginning, to support them and help them begin to teach Peter to listen and talk.

By his first birthday, Peter had¬†gained 20 or 30¬†words. By the time he was 18 months old, he lost all of his hearing and all of¬†those words. It was difficult for his parents¬†to accept the second ‚Äúhit‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒthe progressive decline and final diagnosis of profound deafness in both ears‚ÄĒbut they had the guidance and support of¬†a strong professional community of audiologists and educators at CID.

Peter’s mom recently presented a talk at a CID fundraising event.¬†View the 12-minute video.


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The CID Alumni Association (CIDAA) has a reunion every five years. The next one is in summer of 2021. Please visit their website for details.