Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Six Million Dollar Daughter (Almost)

So, today was the big day!

Miss Emma can hear again. Woo hoo!

We were supposed to get the hearing aids last week, but they were back ordered, so she had to wait a whole other 7 days to get her hearing aids...but it was worth the wait.

And aren't they so cute? They are little pink, behind-the-ear hearing aids, and her ear molds (the part that fits into her ear) are made of clear plastic with pink swirls in it.

And, they aren't just cute...they even work!

Emma has already noticed a big difference in what she can hear and what she can' is so wonderful.

I think it will take some time for her to really get used to them, but we are working with a wonderful audiologist and I think that we will have it down in no time.

It was so fun to watch Emma REALLY hear...she was so happy to know that she wasn't missing anything. The cutest was when the audiologist gave her a stuffed animal who also was wearing hearing aids. It was really sweet!

Now, between Emma's glasses, her retainer, and her hearing aids, she is walking around with just about $7000 worth of stuff on her head. Sheesh.

But...she's worth it.

The hearing aids are really the latest in technology...they actually communicate with each other so Emma is able to localize sound...which means, rather than making everything louder, the hearing aids are actually stereophonic...they make the sound louder in the ear closest to the sound...something you and I take for granted, but something that people with older hearing aids cannot hear!

They will also dampen really loud sounds and block out some of the background noise around her so that she can better hear what is in front of, if you want to talk to Emma, and you are someplace noisy, make sure she is facing you so that she can really hear you.

Really, she hears pretty well now. Noise is going to continue to be her nemesis...but we will work with her teachers (hopefully, they will work with us) to ensure that she has the best experience possible.

So, if you run into her, ask to see her hearing aids. She is pretty excited, and so are we!


Melanie said...

They are so cute! And the technology is amazing. I'm so excited for you Emma!

Paul said...

Way to go Emma. They look great. Excited to see them in action.

Andrea said...

They sound so high tech--I think I want a pair. Do you think they can tune out crying and whining?

Can't wait to see them Emma!

Hilary said...

That's amazing, esp. since they can make them cute...
So glad they've made those advances!

Charlene said...

They look great. I love the pink! Keep us posted on her progress!

Joe said...

Yeah for Emma! I can't wait to see them.
I'm so impressed with Mikayla too. I'm excited to hear how she does.

The Valentine Family said...

That's so exciting for Emma... and she's sporting them in style too, love the pink! Technology really is amazing!

Puhlman said...

Yes I have to agree with everyone. They are cute and WOW so small. So much different now. What a blessing. So glad she can hear better now. I never knew she couldn't. And PINK? COOL.

Kimber said...

They look so cute, and I am amazed at the advanced technology. I can't wait to see them this summer!

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