Monday, June 11, 2007

Hearing Aid!

We picked up KayTar's hearing aid today! She was very well behaved at the appointment. Of course the whole way to the Children's Hospital she repeated, "Bye bye doc. Ajur. Bye!". Ajur translates into "later" as in "See you later!". The hospital is roughly 45 minutes from our house, so she said it quite a few times. And then when we got into the exam room she said it to the audiologist, too. My favorite thing about audiologists (besides that they all are extremely kind) is that they do not wear white coats, scrubs, or stethoscopes; which means they fly under KayTar's radar. So when she didn't leave the room, KayTar didn't really mind. She only fussed when we held her still for something, like the otoscope. When she started crying, our exam room door popped open and a little girl, probably four years old came in. She looked at us and at KayTar and said "Oh, what happened?", we giggled, and then heard a mother in another exam room say "Where did she go? Oh, there you are!" and came to get her. Her concern for KayTar was very cute. She cried when the audiologist put the aid in, because she had to be still, but as soon as she turned it on, KayTar stopped crying and looked around and smiled. It was very cute.

Of course, there is a problem. We wouldn't be the Tars if their wasn't a problem, right? At the last appointment, they took crappy ear molds, so the mold on the aid doesn't fit right. It doesn't go far enough into the canal which means if it gets jarred at ALL it start squealing. The only time KayTar has messed with the aid was in the car, when it started squealing and I couldn't help her. She pulled it out herself. Other than that, she has left it alone. She seems to like it a lot, in fact, she keeps pointing to it and saying "Eah! Ike! Eah!" A better mold was made today, so in two weeks we will go pick it up and hopefully have no more problems. Until then, I am going to let her wear it and keep it turned on when I am close enough to fix a squeal, and then keep it turned off when I am not close enough to help if it starts squealing, so she can be used to having it in full time. She already seems to be hearing me a little clearer, I've noticed, and she has mimicked a few new words. She could also tell the difference between Gorilla and Umbrella, and she has always thought those were the same word! Even if it isn't working at 100% yet, it is still exciting. I can't wait until we get her new molds in!!



19 comments:

Kristin said...

Very exciting. Are you noticing any difference yet...other than the squeals?

slouching mom said...

Ooh. I can't wait to read about the new words she'll understand.

Cool-looking aid, too!

Amy said...

Love the purple :)

That stinks about the molds :( Hopefully they got it right this time. I am so glad she is liking it!!

Christine said...

That is great!

LOVE the purple. ;-)

natalie said...

Love, love, love the purple!!! Very stylish. Can't wait to read the updates as KayTar adjusts to wearing the aid--and to read how her language explodes with aided hearing!

Beck said...

And it's purple - so cute! I hope the next one fits perfectly.

Oh, The Joys said...

Here's hoping it makes all the difference in the world for her!

epi said...

Yay, glad to hear she got the aid and let me second everyone who liked the purple - I didn't know you could have them all stylish and whatnot : ) Did she pick the color? Hope that the new molds get there soon!

NotSoSage said...

This is a new day, isn't it? I'm so excited for KayTar.

Em said...

I'm so excited for Kaytar and you! You know I have a moderate-severe hearing loss, don't you? She is going to be amazed at all the new sounds she hears (and maybe a little overwhelmed too!)

Mad Hatter said...

Oooo, it's a stylin' purple. What a breakthrough this will be for KayTar.

nomotherearth said...

Most people beat me to it, but man, that is the most stylish aid I've seen in a long time.

Amber said...

Technology is a wonderful thing, isn't it? I was at the playground the other day and a beautiful little hear-impaired girl was playing with my daughter. Her father told me of the advances in hearing aids and what a difference it has made in her life. Here's for hoping it will make a difference in yours!

~aj~ said...

That is so exciting and would just be perfect if the darn thing didn't squeal. I'm sure you will continue to see lots of improvements in her speech because of it. The purple is fantastic...very fashionista. :)

Julie Pippert said...

Oh, this is very cool. It looks great and I can't wait for the better fitting one and to learn how this is doing for her.

I will have to show Persistence the new ear photo. My little lear lobe admirer will probably be highly impressed.

I hear, "I YIKE it! YIKE IT! My det it too!"

I think the purple will be the clincher. :)

Kyla said...

Julie: I thought of Patience when posting the photos! Lear lobes!! ;)

MotherBumper said...

PURPLE! Cool :)

I bet she is totally hearing up a storm and learning new words by the dozens. Way to go KayTar!

Mommy off the Record said...

Wow, that IS very exciting. It will be fun to see the new things she'll pick up now that she has the new hearing aid.

Ben & Bennie said...

Cool!!! They look just like Ben's...before we lost them.