A Bilingual Cochlear Implant User!

February 14th, 2010 by | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Right after my trip in France, I headed to Germany to meet a handsome young boy who was bilaterally implanted at the age of 10 months.  His parents utilized the Auditory-Verbal approach to teach him language through hearing and speaking.  I met him when he and his family came to the US about six years ago.  I was very eager to see Christian’s progress since I saw him in the US.  His family was so welcoming, warm, and caring when I visited them.  Christian and his three brothers were just so much fun and always gave me great laughs!  Did I forget to mention that I absolutely adore the parents?  Christian speaks both German and English fluently, and he’s also learning French!  As you will notice in the video, you would have no idea that English is his second language!  He is an example that children who are implanted at a young age can learn more than one spoken language!  Here is a little treat – my video interview with him!

He’s so cute, isn’t he?  What I also really liked about my interview with Christian is that he showed that he didn’t talk much about his history of deafness and having cochlear implants and thus, he’s showing that his deafness doesn’t define his life.  He’s just a typical nine year-old who loves soccer and video games!


February 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Hi, Rachel.
I’m Brazilian, and I work with deaf people that use hearing aids. Unfortunately, I have no pacients that are Cochlear Implant users, that’s my dream working with them!
Christian’s speaking is really great. Loved your video.
Waiting for your next post!!! =)


February 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I adore his German accent! What a cutie.