Taking your toddler for a haircut, regardless if they have a hearing loss or not, is definitely an "event". In addition to the typical toddler behavior, we also have to deal with Christian not being able to hear us during a hair cut. The whole equipment issue makes a semi-stressful event a bit more chaotic. We're lucky to have several options in our area for kid cuts, and we decided today we would try a new place out that was recommended by several of my girlfriends.
First of all, they have an assortment of vehicles that the little ones can sit in. Of course, Christian picked the firetruck. As he played in the firetruck, the sweet stylist and I chatted. The first thing she brought up was his CI and hearing aid. I was so impressed. She was familiar with the equipment, and mentioned how she thought the implants were "amazing". I was so excited that I didn't even have to explain what that "thing" was on my kids head. She gave him a great cut, and was careful around the aid and the CI. I seriously wanted to give her a hug afterward for treating our family so nicely, and being so attentive to my sweet little guy.
Over the past 2 years, I've learned that in order to make our life work the way it needs to, that adjustments need to be made. Things as simple as what park to go to (avoid those plastic slides), or what type of winter coat to get my kid (we try to stay away from fleece) become "events". I've learned how to make adjustments, and am thankful when I can easily fit them into my kid's life without overwhelming him, or the rest of the family!