The AG Bell private Facebook group offers a safe and supportive place to connect, share and learn from families on a similar journey. Every day, there are lively discussions and uplifting stories. Further, AG Bell currently has chapters in 30 states, made up of volunteers passionate about listening and spoken language.
My diagnosis was a severe-to-profound loss in both ears. A few of the professionals wanted me to learn sign language only. My parents wanted me to continue to use listening and spoken language because I was a very chatty baby, babbling all the time. They were very strong about wanting me to fit in with the "normal" kids and wanting me to communicate with everyone. My audiologist suggested some very good professionals because my parents wanted me to communicate with listening and spoken language and improve as I got older.
Expose yourself to your options, but educate yourself on your desired outcome. Try to keep it simple! I wanted my children to listen and talk so we sought information on the best way to make that happen. We pursued help and guidance that supported our choice.