Fiona Kate Isham

Fiona Kate Isham

On June 6, 2013, Fiona Kate Isham was diagnosed with “Severe to Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss” in both ears, at the very young age of 5 weeks old. In layman’s terms, she is completely deaf in both ears.

This blog follows the journey of Fiona alongside her parents Mark and Eliza as they seek to better understand, cope with and ultimately overcome this setback on her road to a wonderful life.



Fiona Kate Isham, Born May 1, 2013

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hadiya Aziz

    Hi, I came across your page recently and I found really helpful! My daughter 13 months and were strongly considering doing cochlear implants for her. Just out of curiosity what made you pick AB for your cochlear implant?

    1. Eliza Isham

      Hi Hadiya, thank you so much for contacting us! We liked AB for a couple of reasons.

      1) The internal device was designed to have enough space for future technology upgrades. That way AB can continue to innovate the external devices to make the sound quality even better over time without future surgeries.

      2) It was important to us that there was a waterproof design (Neptune) to make sure Fiona can hear during water play. Fiona has 3 Naidas and 1 Neptune. (Our center allowed us to have 2 processors per ear. Just in case we needed a back up.)

      3) Our surgeon wasn’t implanting the company – Cochlear devices a the time of Fiona’s surgery because they were going through a recall to their internal device at that time. (Recalls happen to all 3 manufacturers) This just happened to narrow down our choices.

      Advanced Bionics came to our city (Atlanta) and hosted a meet and greet type of event. It was a way to touch and feel the processors and hear more about their company. We also did an online meeting with AB and then another with Cochlear to learn more about their technology. I would suggest contacting the companies you are interested to see when they will be in your city or sign up for an online meeting. I would also recommend calling each company’s customer service line to get a feel for how their customer service is.

      Another major thing is warranty. We have a 5 year warranty with AB. But for some reason I think that they might only be offering 3 year warranties right now. I believe the other 2 companies offer 5 year. That may depend on the center you are working through. (your ENT/surgeon/audiologist’s office)

      Each company is fantastic and will offer the same end results for your daughter. Your decision might just come down to a gut feeling. CI devices are not perfect. They break sometimes and for reasons I do not even know. But AB customer service has been wonderful and if we need a replacement part the next day they will overnight it to us.

      I am not sure if you are on Facebook but there are some Facebook Groups that have been extremely helpful to me. 1) Parents of Children with Cochlear Implants 2) Parents of Cochlear Kids. If you aren’t on Facebook there is also a Yahoo Group called CI Circle.

      If I can help you in anyway please let me know! And if you feel more comfortable emailing my email is eewiza@yahoo.com

      Take care and good luck to your daughter and your family! CIs are absolutely amazing! The surgery is the toughest part of the journey but after that its smooth sailing ahead.


  2. Biba

    Hello, my English is not perfect. I saw your daughter’s video in the beginning. and now that I see the progression, I’m saying bravo to you. I’m a mother of a 16-month-old deaf baby, and what I wanted to know is how much time did you spend with your daughter each day at home practicing exercise. at its beginnings ?


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