Scarlett got her long-awaited hearing aids this week. We were excited to see if there was any change in her responsiveness, but also nervous about battling her to wear them. We were pleasantly surprised that she doesn't seem to mind them at all!
As soon as the audiologist put the first one in, Scarlett gave her the biggest smile! Here's the second one going in (there is a 6 second delay as they start up, and you can see as soon as she can hear us.)
So far, she tolerates them very well. We are running into come problems with the left side, as her head tilts significantly still and she gets a lot of feedback noise from her ear hitting her shoulder. However, the sound doe not seem to bother her, just us. She wears them as much as possible when she is awake.
|She is much more interested in her musical toys than last week!|
Hearing aids are a big responsibility for parents. I want to make sure she is wearing them as much as possible so that she is hearing us have conversations, ambient noises and whatever is happening around her. However, they need to come out when she is asleep so that the whistling sound they make when she lays on them does not wake her up. This means a lot of in and out, making sure we always put them in a safe place. They are tiny and I can imagine they could get lost easily.
Losing them is really just not an option: our insurance pays for them the first time, but we have to pay to replace them. They are each about $2200, plus an extra $200 for the inner ear molds (which have to be redone every few months as she grows). This is simply not something we can afford, so we are extra cautious about where they land.
Fortunately, the company that makes them is well aware of the investment parents are making. They came with a tote bag full of accessories for cleaning, storing, maintaining and testing. There are also stickers for decorating and a "leash" for attaching both hearing aids to her shirt (much like a pacifier clip). She has yet to pull at them or knock them out, so we are safe so far.
It is great to see her more engaged in what is happening around her. This morning, she turned her head and looked when I opened the door - this is a huge improvement for her! She is quite vocal with her baby babbling, she we are interested to see if the hearing aids bring about a few actual words. Hopefully I'll have my video camera ready!
She is having yet another blood transfusion today, so I am off to pack up for a day at the hospital. Tomorrow she is nine months old!