There are very few options when it comes to methods of communication for a child with a hearing impairment. Parents need to think long and hard and do a ton of research both on the internet and with actual individuals that are on both sides of the spectrum. They need to make a decision that is going to impact how their child interacts with the world around them. This decision is one that is going to change how they learn about the world around them.
When a decision of such high caliber is needed to be made don’t make it on past impressions or uninformed opinions. You will be wise to spend time talking with people who were raised as lip readers and vise versa. You will begin to notice that no one answer is right for everyone. You may want to take into consideration the child as a whole before you make this decision for them. Once they are older they may choose to go another route, but it is important for you as the parent to feel confident that you made the decision that was best for you child and your family at that point in their life.