Emily's Audiologist grabbed us for a last-minute Cochlear Implant check-up at Trey's school yesterday. We had a 2 hour late start so it meant that we wouldn't have to miss school for an appointment we had scheduled later in the week. Anyhow- her basic testing shows that she is hearing between 10-15 db on each implanted ear, and both ears are almost exactly in line with each other (which is GREAT!). It is what they look for. She also has shown huge improvement in her ability to detect words, with no visual clues. Still not perfect, but a lot better. Her closed set word discrimination was o.k. When the words were all similar (bean, queen, etc), she is only at 48%, so there's still lots of work to be done, but all in all, a pretty good visit. No new map needed.
Our Audiologist did ask me if Em's Speech Therapist is having her wear her new implant only for speech. Um...No???? I hadn't even thought to ask her Speech Therapist to make that happen. This is why I'm going to be pushing for the school district to pay a consulting fee to the private school Emily used to go to (and Trey currently attends), to work on her IEP, and speech goals. My children are the only younger ones in the district that are Oral deaf/HOH kids. They have children who have used ASL Interpreters, etc. and they are willing to do that for us, but our needs are different and not the 'norm' for the school district. We're having to be creative in what we ask for, and what services are really important to the future success of the kids.
Delaney is a whole different issue, as she will be attending Middle School next year. The logistics of her FM system and how we transfer equipment is something I need to start thinking about. For those out there who have been there (or ARE there- please share :)