It is GREAT that you can look up the internet and do lots of research to find out what's the best option for your child who have a hearing loss especially with early intervention, the sooner the better. I only can wish that there is plenty of time to allow us to make such huge decision. I know it's a huge burden whether you made the best decision, who to listen?, who to ask? and what is best for your child? At time, I felt like I had to make a quick decision base on whether Cory should get second CI..it is hard to have time allowing to process the "idea" but with early intervention, it is crucial to do it sooner.. You only have so little time to ask around, to do your own research, reading more into it etc. I can feel the pressure that these parents had to go around..now I get it.
I can't believe how fast Cory has been growing up. Feels like he was 2 yrs. and half when we got him and soon, he will be 4 yrs old in April. wow..where did the time go? I am not going to lie..it is hard work in the first 3 - 4 years with a child who have hearing loss. THIS is the time to roll up your sleeves, and get involved. Be the best advocacy for your child..ONLY YOU know the best for your child. Just you! Good idea to get feedback and meet different people about this area. Remember that it's the same as the world goes, everyone has a different opinion about certain things. So this is where you have to figure out what is best for your child and your family. I'm glad I made this decision not to go back to work full time so I can be there for my child during these years.
Don't overdo with reading into things, looking up at internet too much and you can lose your sense of what to do along the way. Don't read too much into things that are quite "oppression" or very against at one thing oppose to another. If you can..try both way of communication and go along as your child grows, seems the best option so you can't just lose precious valuable time focusing on one way/one thing..speech or sign language. If it is one way that doesn't work..then you have to catch up ( in sense of) trying a different approach.. it is hard.
I find it is the best to find out is finding the people who have experiences in these areas..mainly the "parents". This is why it is so important to have a strong foundation of network among the parents to share their ideas, feedback, strengths/weakness etc. It really helps..after all, every child is different. You can't make the child follow you but you can follow your child to make it successful by following their lead.