Kids with cochlear implants have great access to sounds now days. Just be sure to supplement with sign language (if they don't use it, that's ok - it's just a back up way to communicate in case of difficulties such as cochlear implants battery dies or etc.)
I know at least a dozen kids with CIS through my daughter's school. There is a little girl like there who, like your son, recently had a significant decrease I'm hearing and is being implanted this summer - she's 5. She has used hearing aids since a young age. Some of these kids sign aND many dont. It's a personal experience and a personal decision. With use signs in the bath when Allison has no access to sound. And she's been using some with her swim instructor because it's hard for her to hear in that environment. She understands those but never signs back, she prefers to speak verbally and we follow that lead.
Thank you so much, ladies--it really boosts me up to hear such great experiences.
The signing is a great idea, even if it is only ever used as a supplement. Bath time and swim time are two GREAT examples that we struggle with right now.
Our oldest is actually really adept at lip reading, (nothing we would count on--he just naturally picked it up before he got hearing aids) so as long as he watches us closely, he does well. I was actually shocked to figure out last week that the baby has also started to lip read--he had just woken up from a nap, so was not wearing his hearing aids. He sat up and looked at me, and I asked him a question. He nodded his head and answered. It is crazy what little ones are capable of. : )
Yes, Allison can do that a little bit, too! Sometimes I do a double take because I'll think she must have CIs on. But usually she'll just point to her ears and say, "can't hear you!" And it's not like she relies on it as she can hear across the room with her head turned.
We use some signs in gymastics too as its hard for her to hear in thr gym. She always just repeats it back orally though It is amazing though what these kids can do, and such a huge spectrum of experiences. Every journey is unique and wonderful in its own wat, even with all the challenges.
Hi ladies, just a quick update. Y'all might remember that we were looking into a cochlear implant for our 6 year old. The plan was to move toward surgery in June 2017. Well, we had his first appointment on the "surgery track" on December 13th--and his hearing has improved to the point that they no longer recommend surgery this summer!! He will likely need it in a few years, but it is such a huge relief knowing he can be a bit older, and have more of an opinion and a say.
This sounds kooky--but a few months ago, we started using helichrysum essential oil in both of our boys' ears. It is the only thing we have changed in their routine, and the only explanation I have for the improvement. Our two year old's hearing has also improved since beginning to use it, and he can now hear quite a bit without his hearing aids in, whereas before he could only hear very, very loud noises.
I am very much ignorant about natural remedies, but I stumbled across an article about this essential oil. My mom knows quite a bit about essential oils, and I had her order some for us. We will definitely keep using it. I'm not expecting any miracle, but it is great for ear health (not to mention it is handy for topical use for aches and pains) so why not keep using it, right? ; )
I just wanted to share an update, and also a good product you might want to check into for your little ones. I hope you're all doing really well, and had a great Christmas! : )
Hi all. Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth! I can't remember what I last posted so here's a general update
Elijah has confirmed Microtia Atresia, meaning his outer ear didn't develop fully and internally he doesn't appear to have an ear canal. They will do an MRI once he is older to see what the internal structure is, but it's likely that he is permanently Deaf in that ear. He was fitted with his BAHA hearing aide at 11 months old and is doing well. He doesn't really like wearing it but we get it on him as much as possible. He doesn't speak much - Dadda, verrry occasional Mama and Ooowa (shower). He has wonderful understanding though - can follow simple instructions (go get the ball, sit at the table etc) and signs very well too. Half the time he seems to understand so well when is isn't wearing his BAHA he doesn't appear to be a child with hearing loss at all! I hope all your babes are doing well!
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