Monday, November 09, 2015

Activation Day!

Today was activation day.  That means that Holland got her external processor (it looks kind of like a hearing aid with an extra piece attached to it) and the audiologist programmed it for her.

I know there are so many videos on YouTube that show these amazing moments of hearing for the first time.  It really wasn't like that for Holland.  She seemed to know something was different, but she tried really hard to ignore it for a while.  She was busy doing puzzles with her therapist and seemed more annoyed than anything.

This went on for a few minutes.  She would look up for any loud noises with little other reaction.  And then all of a sudden she started crying and pulled the processor off.  She cried for a minute or so and then fought the processor when I tried to put it back on.

She did really well for the rest of the day.  The processor fell off several times when she was playing, and she did take it off a few times too.  I would like to figure out a way to keep it on better, maybe a headband or hair clip or something.

At bedtime, I decided to take her hearing aid out and talk to her with just the cochlear implant processor.  We went through the six ling sounds (the sounds necessary to hear and understand speech) and she heard them all!  I was so excited!  She often has had trouble hearing the "s" sound, as well as "sh".  But she heard them easily!

The best moment of all was when I took everything off so I could put her in bed... And she cried!  She pointed to the processor and to her head.  She wanted it back on!  Ahhhh!  I'm so happy!  I can't wait to watch her learn!

Tomorrow is day two of programming.  The audiologist will add a few more programs to her processor so we can test her with louder volume.  We will also get the crash course on how to use all of the equipment that comes with it.  I'm guessing it will be an exhausting day.  But so worth it!


Dad said...

Further evidence of a great and gracious God and wonderful team at Central Speech

Mom said... wonderful! She is such a sweet, determined little girl. It was fun watching her try to ignore what was going on so she could focus on puzzling! Can't wait to watch her soar :)

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Anonymous said...

This is so amazing and profound! Little Holland is so precious. :) God's blessings upon her as she learns and grows with this new ability to hear! God bless all of you as a family and each of your children, as you daily trust in Him for His strength and courage. -- Love and prayers, Aunt Brenda

Irina Klassen said...

This is so great!!:-)