First Hearing Aids

Earlier today Fiona Kate Isham, at the age of 11 weeks, received her first hearing aids.

I Be Stylin'!

I Be Stylin’!

As promised, here is the video from the activation. The first few minutes show Eliza and I practicing putting her aids on her head, so if you want to skip to 4 min 30 sec you can see when we first turn on the aids.

To set expectations, we do not expect her to discern a wide range of sounds with the aids (my earlier post on the Frequencies of Familiar Sounds is a good reference), nor is she old enough to really process what she’s hearing. After all, she IS only 11 weeks old.

Nevertheless, we DO expect her to detect the presence of SOME sound, especially loud, low frequency ones. It’s a little hard to tell in this video, but there are some instances where it really looked like she responded to audible stimuli. Maybe wishful thinking so we’ll let you be the judge.

Hearing Aids are just a stepping stone towards the cochlear implants, but nevertheless its important for her development to have stimulation of her auditory nerve.

In 2 weeks she has her first therapy session at AVC where she will get more practice getting used to the presence of sound. We can’t wait.

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12 thoughts on “First Hearing Aids

  1. kamorgan

    Wow!!! That is great! She definitely looked like she responded to sound! That’s really exciting. And let’s just take a minute and talk about how pretty Eliza looked. Beautiful family!

  2. Zoe

    That is so great! Tracie, Zena, and I just watched the video. So precious! We think it looked like she was responding to the sound! That’s so exciting!

  3. Eliza

    It definitely looks like she is responding!!! Oh why thank you Katie! ๐Ÿ™‚ Small typo above, she is 11 weeks. Oops! We are so excited to start using the hearing aids. Woo hoo!!!

  4. Muriel Lindsay

    So great to witness that. I totally felt Fiona heard the banging sound. So cute when she smiled at mom. Good job on quick mastery of getting the hearing aids on.

  5. Mark Isham Post author

    D’uh i’m an idiot, yes she’s 11 weeks and not 6 1/2 weeks old. Missed a month when counting in the calendar, oops :-). I updated the post for posterity.

  6. April Underwood

    What great entertainment! I could watch Fiona videos all day. It looked like she likes the hearing aids she was smiling so much when you were putting them on. Very cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love technology! Electrical Engineering at its best!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sheri

    That was incredible. Tears in my eyes as I watched. I can’t wait to see what you post next after you get home and start experimenting with sound. I believe lawn mowing and chain saws are in her future. LOL!

  8. Pamela Edwards

    Congratulations!!!!!! It looked like from her facial movements that she hears you! Her first
    sounds are of you guys laughing. So wonderful.

  9. Rosemary

    That is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!!! Her hearing your voice for the first time Wiza. I am so happy and can’t stop crying tears of joy! Love you and Mark!

  10. eewiza

    Thanks everyone for the support!!! Fiona is one lucky lady to have you guys rooting for her!!! Seriously, it means so much to us.

  11. Justin Dempsey

    When she smiled, it literally made my day! Very sweet! She could definitely hear the sounds you guys were making and your voices. That is very promising!

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