Navigating hearing loss is a very personal journey. From the beginning, our family has viewed it that way. No two people experience it the same, and therefore there is no one-size-fits-all-way. I was inspired to write this after receiving a message criticizing us for choosing cochlear implants. I was taken aback but realized more than anything it was a lack of understanding and acceptance. There really is not one way to be deaf or hard of hearing and respecting the choices others make is key.