Friday, January 25, 2008

Hope sounds like fun

We met with Susan the audiologist again today, calmed minds prevailed. We were able to ask lots of questions this time, since our minds didn't allow us to on our first visit. I took notes as we both listened and asked whatever came to mind. We also had a chance to meet with the ENT doctor to very briefly discuss a few things with him. We ended up talking to the CI (Cochlear Implants) audiologist who said that when the time is right Evan could be assessed for CI surgery.

Was that supposed to make us happy? Maybe. Sad, but happy at the same time. Does that make sense? I think it does. It's weird, all this is happening to a person who has no idea it's happening at all. We thankfully get to go through the stress for him, because i don't want him to have to suffer with it. That's one of my biggest fears, Evan having to suffer. Unfortunately he will have to deal with it at some point, but in the meantime please allow me to put it on my plate.

After meeting with the 2 audiologists and the ENT doc we went over to get Evan's first of many sets of ear molds taken. This is how it works, the hearing aids last 3-5 years, or something in that range, but the molds for them have to be changed as he grows. Think of them as a plug, they have to plug his ear completely. As he grows, they stop plugging. These wonderful plugs cost in the area of $150 for the set of 2. Set #1 will be ready on Friday Feb 1st, with his trial hearing aids. They're letting us use the hearing aids on a trial basis to see how they work for him. If they do the trick then we'll buy a set, if not then we move on to stage 2, the CI stage. Did i mention the batteries yet? They need to be changed weekly, give or take a few days i think. I guess it all depends on everything. I know that didn't make any sense.

It's an entire new responsibility for Tania and myself. His hearing aids will be part of his daily routine. In the ears in the morning, out before bed and baths. I'm sure Evan and i will be making a song about that in a few years. I have this habit of singing as i do things, or singing as i do steps. Kinda makes life more fun. "In the ears in the morning, out before bed and baths... lalalala".

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