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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yikes! (and then some great news)

So, you are now well informed about our FM issues, but as soon as we got home from the audi, there was more trouble. We walked in the door, after a smooth two hour drive home, and turned on the lights, and headed downstairs to the family room. I flipped on the TV and sat down on the couch and Miss Kat started looking around. She told me "It's loud." I asked her what was loud. "It's loud! It's loud!!". I asked her if it was the tv, or me talking, and she started getting more and more upset. Finally, she stands at the foot of the steps and yells (to no one) "SHUT UP!!!".

At this point, I am horrified. I have no idea what is going on. I took her CI off, and then changed it back to the old program (no t-coil), and then she was fine. I immediately called our audi and asked him what was going on. He said he didn't know, but that he would call Advanced Bionics and find out what they had to say.....


Miss Kat's t-coil is picking up interference from our compact fluorescent bulbs! Damn you Leonardo Dicaprio an your handsome face on Oprah!! I'm trying to do the right thing here!

So, we are leaving her on one setting at home, and one at school. But now I'm worried that school will forget to change her program and she will end up without an FM again....Ugh.

Now, for the better news (drum roll please!!)

On her latest standardized testing, Miss Kat scored 3 years 7 months!

That is now a gain of over 2 years in around 10 months!!! She is doing amazing!

She is starting to really pick up "incidental learning" from the other kids and her teacher. We were playing BINGO the other day and after she won she said "Switch!" and switched our cards! She also now says "You're welcome" (which doesn't have a sign) and "Good job!" after you do something she asks. These are all words and phrases we didn't sign and nobody taught her!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More Happenings

Problem, after problem, after problem.

So, we headed up to the audiologist (again) to get Miss Kat's T-coil turned on. She needs the t-coil so she can use the neckloop FM system at school.

Well, actually, let me back up a little.

Miss Kat's classroom has a soundfield, but we didn't feel that was the appropriate accomadation for her. We thought that she needs a personal FM system. So, there is a boot that fits on her Advanced Bionics BTE and one that would attach to her hearing aid, for an FM system. Sounds simple doesn't it? Well, nothing ever is. The school said they would only give her the boot for the CI side. They said it is too expensive to do both and that her CI is clearly the dominate side. Expensive?? Really? That is the excuse? You are the School for the Deaf and you can't get ahold of an FM boot?

So, that leads to problem 2 with the arrangement. We can not check the FM on the CI side. We have no way to tell if she is hearing well or just getting static. Miss Kat is not a good reporter, so she could end up hearing way less with the FM than if we have left well enough alone.

So, that brings us back to the two hour drive to the audiologist. We came up with a different FM system. It is a neckloop and it will broadcast to BOTH ears, and solve both problems (we can listen to the FM through the hearing aid, and make sure it is working everyday). So, we head up and turn thet-coil on.

But now we have two NEW problems.

First, the CI lights are disabled. That means we have no idea if she is connected, or if the battery is low. I suppose we can deal with that. We still have another setting that still has the light active (or we could be responsible and just change the battery BEFORE it starts to die!). Ok, we can handle that.

Number two, her hearing aid is dead. It is 5 years old, prescribed for a moderate loss, and now BROKEN! It isn't even amplifing the way it should. The casing is shot, there is a big hole, and it isn't working right. We have been trying to get Medicaid to buy a new one for awhile are 4 months early. Seriously? You are going to deny us over 4 lousy months? Our audiologist is sending an appeal....