Filed Under (Cochlear Implants) by Kel on 08-01-2011

See anything different? Yep, I do too. Danny has ears!

I honestly didn’t notice it all day today. John mentioned it a few times. Maybe more than a few… He saw it right away and is taking a while to adjust. Me, I didn’t notice until I settled down after the boys were in bed and started going through my pictures. They aren’t bad – but they’re certainly noticeable!

As for why…

See, the other correct answer to what is different in the first picture is that there is no harness! Danny has literally shed a few pounds overnight; there’s no telling for sure, but we’re fairly certain he enjoyed not having the extra weight and the crazy encumbrance. I know I’m enjoying not having to deal with it! We got his BTEs (behind-the-ear processors) programmed yesterday, charged the batteries (which I had forgotten to do beforehand), and we busted them out today. I gave Danny an opportunity to see them, feel them, and explore them first. He turned one over in his hands, flipped the switch a few times, turned the dial, stuck the two magnets together, and gave them a pretty good checking out. After that, I set one on his ear…and he promptly ripped it off.

Oh joy.

A few more patient tries later, trying to time as closely as possible putting the processor on his ear and the headpiece on his head – aka, linking the ear annoyance with having sound – I asked in desperation, “Danny, do you want some milk?”

He stopped fighting the BTE’s instantly, smiled, grabbed my hand, and walked me to the fridge.

He left them on all day. Seriously, other than a handful of times that he took them off – a couple because the volume control had been knocked and it was way too loud, a couple because it was close to nap- or bed-time and he was tired – he didn’t touch them. There were a few times that they were off (had knocked off or whatever) that he grabbed one and tried to stick the whole thing to his head like it was one big headpiece. He very quickly related that these new devices let him hear, and he was all for them. We still need the kid-friendly accessories (a snuggie to hold it to his ear so it doesn’t randomly pop off, a clip to make sure it stays close if he does come off), but day 1 of BTE’s was a huge success!

     

 

Comments

Ali on 9 January, 2011 at 7:56 am #

Awesome! I’m glad he accepted them well.


Tammy Kenny on 11 January, 2011 at 6:27 am #

Yay for BTEs!!! I highly suggest investing in some critter clips too! They save countless hours searching for a BTE that’s been knocked off in play and at this age, play sometimes is more important than hearing. Good luck with them!


maurene on 11 January, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

Fantastic!!


karen on 11 January, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

That is the best news ever! Wait til I tell grampa the news. Let’s try to webcam this weekend OK? Love, mom


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