I'm new to this forum but more of a "veteran" Mom! Our son is almost 13 and was diagnosed with severe hearing loss at age 1 and it quickly progressed to profound. He got his right cochlear implant at 18 months and his left at 2.5 years old. Back then they wouldn't do both at once and made you wait until the at least 1 yo mark. I vividly remember the feelings you're all describing of fearing for the future, grieving over the present, and worrying about EVERYTHING. I wish someone wiser had told me then that it will be okay and this is not the horrible diagnosis that you think it is right now!!! Yes, the journey has been very hard at times but now that we've been at it for awhile I can truly say that finding out my son is Deaf doesn't even make the Top Ten List of the "Hardest Things You'll Deal with as a Parent." Really!! Trust me on this! And, the added bonus: we have met some of the most amazing people from the medical world to other Deaf kids; watched our son's heariing friends and classmates respond to his deafness with incredible maturity, caring, and kindness; and learned so many super cool things (sign language for starters!!). We never would have had any of these experiences if he had not been Deaf and looking back now, I can say I'm thankful for the majority of these last 13 years! So, to the new Moms (and Dads) out there dealing with a new diagnosis of hearing loss: we're thinking of you and want you to know that it does get easier and you will make it through!! Just hang in there and take it one day at a time.