So, a few things have been going on so I figured it was time for an update.
We had Miss Kat's "one month post" MAPing, and it couldn't have come at a better time! Friday Miss Kat was saying "WHAT?? I can't understand you!" Thank goodness her appointment was on Monday! So, we headed up the two hours to see Miss Kat's audiologist. He had purchased a "Littlest Pet Shop" toy for Miss Kat to use in her conditioned play. She LOVED it!
This was the first appointment in which we MAPed both sides. It didn't work out so good! We did all the MAPing and then went into the booth to check it out. Miss Kat's audiogram was AWFUL! She wasn't hearing better than 35 db anywhere! It was low as 45 db in some frequencies! The audiologist worked nearly another two hours to get her levels where they should be. By the end Miss Kat was exhausted, but she was such a trooper. She worked so hard. So, when we walked out the door, we hoped that she was just tired and that after a few days, her levels would be where they should be.
So, a few days later, I asked her Aural Rehab therapist to put her in the booth and see how her hearing looked. It was still bad. The crazy thing was that it was her old ear that was struggling so much! It would be understandable if she hadn't adjusted to her new ear and it wasn't hearing well yet, but this is her old ear, she hears great with it! Well, the booth testing was still a mess. She wasn't hearing the Ling sounds any softer than 35 db....unacceptable!!
So, two days later we headed back up to the audiologist to try again. This time she was totally cooperative (again! what a sweetheart!) and she was reMAPed. We went in the booth and had the same issues. Argh! The biggest problem was that she was confusing "ooo" and "eee"....weird right? So, we looked it up and they do share some formants. They are differentiated at 1000 hz, so the audiologist worked his magic and fixed it. So, back into the booth...and again, she isn't hearing the tones well. So we switch to speech. Success!!!! Miss Kat was hearing the Ling sounds just fine and was able to discriminate speech as quietly as 10 db!
10 db is so much better than 40!!!! I love our audiologist. He is patient, good at his job and he REALLY cares about the kids. So, THANKS CACHE!! He got us back in in 2 days and spent a total of 6 hours making sure Miss Kat could hear! (Audiologists only care about the money my ASS)