Fiona’s new Niadas

Fiona has been wearing her new processors the niadas (on both ears) for 10 days now.   We haven’t been able to tell if she can localize sound yet but she is starting to say “w”, “v” and “y” babble. Its too soon to tell what exactly she can hear with her left ear.  The audiologist will tweak the processor over the next month until Fiona can hear all sounds from the speech banana.

The niadas are lighter weight and shaped for behind the ear wear.  We intend on having Fiona wear her niadas during the day and then her neptune during bath time.

Here are Fiona’s niadas in princess pink.

Niada with Battery on

Niada with Battery on

Niada with Battery off

Niada with Battery off

Even though the niadas are designed for behind the ear, there is an option to wear them on the body.  There are 3 different mics that could be used.  2 of the mics are on the processor while 1 is on the headpiece (where the magnet is).   We are currently using the headpiece mic since its harder for Fiona to get the other mics near the opening of her ear.  The other mics are currently disabled.  She would have to wear the processors on her ear if we were to use those mics.  She loves pulling her ears and we could see her throwing the processor off immediately.

The black dot is wear the mic is located.

Headpiece. The black dot is where the mic is located.

This past week and a half have been dedicated to figuring out the best way for Fiona to keep these suckers on her head.  We ordered 2 long cords (for body worn) and 2 short cords (to wear on her head).

With the long cords the magnets kept falling off and getting caught on furniture.  We bought a spibelt and put the Niadas inside her belt but the belt kept slipping down and the magnets would come off.

We tried these two options for body worn:

Clipping them onto a harness.

Clipping them onto a harness.

Spi Belt (for runners)

Spi Belt (for runners)

I got frustrated with body worn since they kept falling off and I didn’t like staring at SO MUCH CORD!!  So I wanted to try the shorter cords and make headbands instead.  This worked much better and she doesn’t pull it off her head!!  Well most of the time 😉

Head bands:

Elastic bands that I sewed on.

Elastic bands that I sewed onto a headband.

Side view

Side view

Front pic

Front of headband

Front pic

Front of headband

Using clear goody hair elastics that I ran thru the headband.

Using clear goody hair elastics that I ran thru the headband.

So this is working for Fiona so far!  She’s been doing great with them.   We are so happy to have both surgeries behind us and to have our house back to normal again. 🙂

This is what normal looks like…

Mr. Potato Head glasses are so cool!

Mr. Potato Head glasses are so cool!

Yep! Was worth hearing Fiona laugh.

Yep! Was worth hearing Fiona laugh.

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8 thoughts on “Fiona’s new Niadas

  1. Pam

    Loving the headbands, functional and fashionable, need some tape on those Mr potato head glasses and maybe a mustache for full on belly laugh :O)

  2. Beth Respess

    Fiona is lucky to have such a creative and resolute mom. The headband looks so cute on her, and the glasses are lovely on you both!

  3. Sheri

    The head bands are really cute. Sewing on the elastic was brilliant. With your talent you should try sewing in a small pocket to slide the device in. Like a banana still in its peel. That way the device would be more concealed from damage. Also, I agree with Pam. You need to put on the stache. No self respecting potato head would be caught dead without the stache. 🙂

  4. Eliza Isham Post author

    Thanks so much everyone!! Sheri, thats a great idea! My mom actually bought Fiona some super cool “Hearing Henry” headbands that have pockets in them. They are cochlear implant headbands that are made in Australia. We can’t wait until they arrive. http://hearinghenry.com/

  5. Amanda Lancaster

    Love the headbands! Adorable. And the glasses. You two are just too cute for words.

  6. Aunt Florence and Uncle Leo

    Did you ever think you would have to be so creative when you became a mother. We got Grampa home today. I’m sure Gramma is excited to have him home also.

    1. Mark Isham

      Thanks Aunt Flo with all your help for Dad, i’m sure he really appreciated it!

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