I grew up hard of hearing, mostly coping by reading lips. At 23, due to hereditary and progressive hearing loss, I became fully deaf. With my parents still in disagreement, I decided to go through cochlear implant surgery. Shortly after, my mom passed away unexpectedly, and today when I hear her last WhatsApp audio messages, I can relive those memories of her voice that take me back to the sounds of my childhood.
As of that moment, I became fully aware of everything I had lost along with sounds, and I began asking myself: how does a non-hearing person hear?