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