Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oh the Joys.........

of having Cochlear implants break. Allison came home yesterday and showed me that her left CI was being held together with tape. After looking at it, doing some investigation about what happened, it was determined that she broke it while trying to get her FM boots off. What were those teachers thinking? I know we want her to be pro-active and start taking responsibility for her CI, but pulling a FM boot off of the bottom of her CI is going a bit far for a 7 year old. She is able to put the battery in, turn it on and put it on, I think that is all the responsibility she can handle right now.
I had to put a call into Cochlear to see about getting a new one, only to find out that it is out of warranty, which means we now have to wait for our insurance company to approve the replacement.
I guess I better stock up on tape.

On a happier note.......I got a email from Allison's SLP today. She wanted to let us know that Allison is starting to be able to identify words with her newer implant!!!! She is also not fighting wearing only that one for her therapy sessions. Amazing news!!
Keep it up Allison, we are going to get that right ear working yet.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Allison's Mapping

I can finally say we are on the right track. Allison had a mapping today for her newer implant, the one that was causing her so many problems a few months ago. I knew that we were making progress here at home, but it was nice to get the official word from the sound booth. Allison is hearing at 20-25 dB's across the board with the tones and at about 30-35 dB's voice recognition. That is an amazing gain from where she was about 3 months ago. We might even be well on our way to have the right ear match the left ear. What a novel idea, hearing out of both ears.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So Precious

While Allison was home sick today(I think she could have gone to school, but the school has a strict policy that they must be puke free for 24 hours) I caught this very precious moment between Allison and Jordan.

I never thought that when we found out Allison was deaf( I did not even know what Cochlear Implants were or how amazing they were) that I would capture her reading a story to her brother.

Thank you, Cochlear Implants for giving my daughter the gift of hearing.