The world has changed greatly for Deaf people as well. Check out this video from DeafNation.
I have a special prayer in my heart for parents who have deaf children. Accept who they are. Accept that they are deaf. Choices you make regarding choclear implants, hearing aids, and speech are of little consequence to me. What I DO pray for you is that you will give your baby or toddler language visually, and that you'll be willing to do the hard thing by learning an entirely new way of communicating with him or her. I pray that they would never feel like you see them as "less" or "imperfect" until they reach a level of oralism that pleases you. If you're always hoping for them to be more "hearing," they will feel it. They'll know it. No matter how skilled they become orally or hearing with aides, they will always be deaf. Accept them where they are and run with their abilities! Give them ASL, give them hearing aids, send them to speech training, but give them visual language first so that they have that foundation on which to build whatever else it is you dream together. Be inspired by this film and by all of the Deaf role models out there. May this be the best year for your entire family.
For more inspiration:
The Pearls at The M Projects
Deaf Mom Shares Her World with lots of links for parents with Deaf/HH kids.
Through Deaf Eyes, a PBS Documentary that can be rented or viewed on Netflix streaming.
If you know more inspiring links, please share!