Tuesday 20 March 2012, 10:37
Rita visits the deaf school
The impact of seeing so many children like her daughter was very emotional for her and I think it hit home that Maiya is deaf and does have to overcome challenges on a daily basis because she can't hear like other people.
Rita and Theo are united in their approach to parenting Maiya, but they have very different personalities.
Theo is more reticent in making decisions whereas Rita is very decisive, but the balance between the two of them makes them a good partnership.
Rita and Theo have been together since they were teenagers and although having a deaf child inevitably makes parenting more stressful it hasn't put a strain on their marriage and they are very happy.
Rita wanted to find out about cochlear implants so she met eight-year-old Jack who has the same level of hearing loss as Maiya and was having a cochlear implant operation.
One of the most stressful parts for me was filming Jack's activation appointment.
Rita and Jack's parents were incredibly stoical about it but I absolutely hated it when Jack took a while to start hearing through his implant.
You may like to know that two months on Jack's parents Tracy and Mick have told me that he's getting on brilliantly and that he can hear all sorts of sounds that he couldn't hear before.
Rita Simons: My Daughter, Deafness and Me is next on at 10.40pm on Tuesday, 20 March on BBC One and BBC One HD. It was first broadcast on Tuesday, 20 March at 12.35am on BBC One and BBC One HD with signing in British Sign Language.
For further programme times, please see the episode guide.
If you would like further information about deafness and the issues raised in the programme, please visit the information and support page.
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