Saturday, June 2, 2012

Moldings...

This week has been a busy one...full of ear appointments for little M.

She has had hours of hearing tests, and yesterday she had molds made of her ears. Our girl is getting hearing aids! Well, hearing aid.

It seems that even though medical science has come very, very far, it still has not found a good way to fit a kid who has microtia with a hearing aid.

So there will be one hearing aid, for now. We will take what we can get, and we will will be happy. I am so hopeful that this will be what our girl needs to help her to hear us, and the world around her.


The hearing aid will come in about four weeks, and then little M will have it fitted to her ear.

There were quite a lot of color options, and little M chose purple.

I am excited, the husband is excited, and little M has no clue what is happening...it's hard to explain hearing aids to a child who can't hear.
Hopefully, she will adjust to this quickly...it will feel very lopsided at first.

We did find out that little M's hearing loss is very extensive. She needs to be aided badly, and will always need hearing aids. Her audiology team is impressed but confused as to why she has been able to develop speech at all. She tests as almost completely deaf in her little ear, and not much better in her big ear. Poor girl. She just amazes me. What a big surprise she is in for!


4 comments:

chili pepper said...

Jo,

We are so sorry M must go through more... but we are so grateful God has given you the ability to find and provide her with the care to come through it. I know very little about these issues. We had a very limited experience that is a non issue now that our child is older. I do wonder if cochlear implants are an option for M? We have a deaf friend who had great success with that technology.

Hugs,

Kat

Kim K. said...

Continued blessings to sweet little M. Big things are in store for your daughter.

aliciakozue said...

Hi there! I randomly found your blog through Pinterest and one of the first entries I saw was this one. I myself am deaf, and I am proud of it and wouldn't change it for the world. I'm so happy you guys are so supportive of her and I hope you will always try to find ways to communicate with her and make sure she does not miss out on the world of experiences waiting for her. Always remember, being deaf is not a disability, it is a different lifestyle and a whole new culture! Are you planning to learn sign language with her? If you are ever curious on the thoughts from a deaf person about growing up and what it is like, feel free to ask!

Alicia

Hollis H. Notgrass said...

I know advice from strangers may not be welcome or warranted, but as a wife of a hubby with 95% loss in one ear, and diminished hearing the the other, i am excited about a new option we just found out about. It is called a "crossover" (i know...i thought of the car at first), and it puts a receiver on the side with almost no hearing (my hubby doesn't even have an ear drum in that ear), and then the signal is transmitted to the hearing (even if it is diminished) ear. I hear it takes a little while for the brain to rewire so that the person can actually distinguish where sounds are coming from, even though the non-hearing ear is not actually picking up the signals! SO COOL. I'm sure that your little M would be able to pick that skill up even easier than an adult would! She is such a good, sweet girl. I pray for you guys, and i'm so encouraged by your blog! Lots of love to your family, and I hope to hear many good stories about the new aides!