|Sitting in the office|
The audiologist who made the diagnosis is in another city and had sent Holland's audiogram to H. He clarified a few things with her (let's call her "C") and wanted to tell us about it. He also wanted to do another impression of her right ear because it didn't work that well on Wednesday.
|Holland knew that the blue goop needed to go in her ear|
H thinks that Holland may not be able to make much use of a hearing aid in her right ear. We have to still try, since that is a requirement, no matter what. But she may be a candidate for cochlear implants.
|Waiting for the blue goop to harden|
So we don't have to purchase the hearing aids until we know if they actually help. This is good news!
Of course, I dread the thought of cochlear implants, but I'm willing to do it if it will help Holland. We are being referred to the cochlear implant program in another city. We should be able to get information and see if Holland is a candidate for the surgery or not.
Also, we go see an ENT in March to do some testing into what caused Holland's hearing loss. That will also help determine whether cochlear implants are an option.
In the meantime, I found a few fun products that we will use to help Holland in various ways.
The first one is to keep her ears dry because she has T Tubes. I found these Putty Buddies and Ear Band-It for swimming. We have a few plans for family trips this year and we want her to be able to enjoy the water. The ear plugs will also be helpful for bath time. It's tricky to wash her hair without getting water in her ears.
I also found a product to help her keep her hearing aids clean, dry, and on her head. Ear Gear sounds like a fabulous product and I hope it helps us keep track of those tiny little hearing aids.