Miss Kat had a trip to the audiologist today (4th day of school). While her classroom already has a soundfield, we believe Miss Kat needs a personal FM. The spend time in a classroom of hearing kids (so 25+ students total) and they do a lot of small group work, so I think she would really benefit. So, to demonstrate a need for a personal FM, we needed to do the "Hearing In Noise Test" or HINT. When I suggested the test to our audi, he was a little concerned. Miss Kat has only been hearing with her CI for 9 months and he summed up the concern with "The point of the HINT is to score well in quiet and not in noise. What if her score is low in quiet??"
It was a valid concern. Pre-CI Miss Kat was given the ESP test. It was a closed set of 12 words that were vastly different. She scored 1 out of 24. That means she couldn't tell "ice cream cone" from "toothbrush" from "airplane". Seriously. Those were the words on the test. This time she would have "gum" vs. "gun". It is a much harder test!
Sooo....Miss Kat scored 86% in quiet!!! Her audi was dumbfounded! No one could have imagined that Miss Kat would be doing this well, and so quickly! Every single day she improves. Her private SLT thinks her progress is amazing too. She can't stop talking about the difference the CI has made for Miss Kat. (By the way she scored a 68% in noise, so we have proof that an FM would make a difference) Her SLT cautioned me that I shouldn't think that every ASL using, late id'ed, late implanted Deaf child would turn out like Miss Kat, so don't go around recommending it to other parents! I know Miss Kat is an exception (perhaps because she is so exceptional!!) but we are just enjoying the ride. I can't wait to see how high she'll fly!!