Surprise! Gideon has a hearing aid.
ABaer test) after the surgery, while he is still sedated, that will monitor his brain waves in response to different sounds. This will determine if and how much hearing loss he still has. The plan is then for him to be fitted with the more traditional hearing aids, in both ears.
The hearing aid he has now is not ideal; It only addresses the hearing loss in his left ear and it may be a problem/get in the way when trying to work on his gross motor skills. At least he is now hearing things though. So far he has been fairly tolerant and we are just really excited.
The band does seems to be a little awkward. It has slipped down a couple of times and Gideon has been "exploring" the new hearing aid. This hearing aid is worth $4800. We are very fortunate that there is a loaner program that lets family's try out hearing aids for free- We didn't have to pay a dime! But... if it does get broken or lost it is a different story. We do have to pay for the batteries though. One battery usually lasts 5-7 days depending on how often they are used and how loud his environment is. ( LOL - with Alex around it wouldn't surprise me if we will find ourselves in the 3-4 day range.) I'm a little nervous that Gideon might mouth it or Alex might run off and play with it or that the dog might get annoyed with the high pitch feedback and try to eat it. I guess we will just have to be extra careful with the new hearing aid.
When I told John about the hearing aid being attached with a band and that it looked a little weird, he asked me if we could make it look like an 80's sweatband. It got me thinking. Stay tuned... let's see what a little creativity can do to help Gideon rock the headband look.