very excited to have a healthy baby boy. He was perfect in every way. When the
nurses told us our baby would have his hearing tested, we thought nothing of
it. No one in our family has hearing difficulties. When they told us he did not
pass the test and needed to be tested again by a specialist, we were very
The audiologist tested his hearing and confirmed that he had
mild-to-moderately hard of hearing. We were devastated. We did not know anyone
who had a baby who was deaf or hard of hearing. What future would he have?
We were very hesitant to allow professionals into our lives. As
immigrants to this country from Somalia, we were not accustomed to sharing such
personal information about our family with strangers. However, we learned to trust
the teachers, doctors, and many other professionals who wanted to help us. We
met other families in our situation, and this made us feel less alone. It was
very good for our family to talk to other Somali families who had children with
Today, our son is doing very well. He wears hearing aids and
attends a school for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. His speech is
developing well and we are sure that when he grows up, he’ll be able to do
anything that he wants to do.
We think that it’s a blessing that we’ve found so many people
who want to help our family. We hope that you will find the same, too. Just
ask, and help will come.
aad ugu faraxnay marka oo noo dhashay wiil caaﬁmaad qaba. Waa uu ﬁicna dhinac
walba oo aad ka eegto. Laakin nursiga ayaa waxa ay nagu tidhi waxa baadhitaan
lagu samaynayaa xaga maqalka, anaguna wax wayn umaanan arag sabata oo ah hada
ka hor kuma ayna dhicin qof ka mid ah qoyska. Markaii lanoo sheegay in loo
baahanyahay baadhitaan dambe in lagu sameeyo oo uu arko qof khibrad u leh ayaan
warwarnay. Markii laga qaaday baadhitaan kale oo ay baadheen dadk khibrada u
leh maqalka (audiologist), ayaa waxa ay ku sheegen in uuna si ﬁican wax u
maqlin (mild-to-moderately hard of hearing). Aad iyo aad ayaan uga xumaanay.
Aqoon umaanaan lahayn qof leh ilmo yar oo si ﬁican wax aan u
maqlin. Waxa aan is waydiinay noloshiiso sida ay ku dambayan doonto?
Waxa aan aad uga soo horjeednay in aan arimaha qoyskayaga aan la
wadaagno qof kasta. Anaga oo ah dad ka yimid wadanka Soomaaliya, uma aanan
baran oo dhaqan nooma ahayn in aan arimaha qoyska kala sheekaysano qof walba.
Ha ahaato eh, waxa aan oganaanay in aan aamini karno, macalimiinta,
dhakaatiirta, iyo dadka kale ee diyaarka u ah in ayna caawiyaan. Waxa kale oo
aan la kulanay qoysas kale oo nala mid ah si aanan u dareemin in aan kali
nahay. Waxa aan faa’iido wayn ka helnay in aan lakulano qoysas kale oo Soomali
ah oo leh caruur baahi gaar ah leh.
Maanta, wiilkayagu aad ayuu u ﬁican yahay. Waxa uu isticmaalaa
qalabka loogu talagay xaga maqalka, waxa uuna aadaa iskuulka caruurta dhagaha
la’a. hadalkiisu waa uu soo ﬁicnaanayaa waxa aanan hubnaa in wax kasta uu
qabsan karo marka uu koro. Waxa aanu aaminsanahay in ay tahay duco xag ala ah
dadka faraha badan ee na caawiyaya. Waxa aanan ilaahay ka rajaynaynaa in aad
adiguna hesho sidaa oo kale. Kaliya codso, waad heli doontaa mucaawinaad.