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!!