The differences a parents actions can have on their child with a hearing impairment.
I don't understand why mom and that guy are laughing. Are they making fun of me?
Carly and her Mom run into Kyle, someone her Mom knows from work. Her mom and Kyle are joking around but Carly doesn't hear all of what they're saying and becomes confused. She asks her Mom, but her Mom tells her "it's nothing important."
Carly has a hearing impairment that makes it very difficult to her all the parts of a conversation. She relies on her parents for support in situations that are loud and have a lot of background noise.
I missed the part about the dog escaping the bathtub, that is funny!
Because Carly's mom didn't want to repeat the conversation, Carly didn't know what was being said. She misinterpreted their laughter as directed at her. This made her feel unwanted and like a burden.
In this second scenario, when Carly ask her Mom what's so funny, she explains that Kyle told a funny story about his dog escaping the bathtub, running all over the house, and flinging water everywhere!
Carly's mom gave a quick recap of the conversation so Carly could fill in the parts she missed.
Because Carly's mom included her in the conversation, and didn't repeat word for word what Kyle said, Carly felt important and not self-conscious about having to ask what was being said.