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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in Parent of young CI user asking for help   
    I second all the advice that Mary Beth has given you.  That's wonderful that you will be making another visit to Turkey to check on your son's speech processor's MAP.  As she mentioned, it often takes several sessions to ensure that your child can hear all the speech sounds.  I also like the targeted auditory practice that Mary Beth suggested.  Here is another idea for you as you go about your daily activities:  "Narrate the news."  Our auditory-verbal therapist suggested we "narrate the news," all day, every day.  What she meant by that was pointing out and commenting on everything in our child's world.  For example, as I carried him as a toddler around in my arms, I pointed out pictures on the wall, commenting on who and what was in the pictures, the colors in the pictures, the colors of the walls, the appliances in our kitchen, the furniture in the house, the items we saw when we traveled.  She explained that deaf children need to hear everything many more times than hearing children to associate meaning to them and to learn to hear them.  At first, I was really pointing out one word at a time.  Baby.  See the baby in the photo.  Blue.  Look at the blue shirt on the baby.  Baby.  
    This "narrate the news" strategy can be used to explain to your child what you're doing as well.  I'm picking you up.  Up, up, UP!  I'm picking out a blue shirt for you to wear.  Let's put it on, over your head.  Let's put each arm into the sleeve....etc...   Or to let your child know what's happening next.  We're going to go buy food for dinner.  We will need to get our shopping bag.  Now, we need to find our shoes and put them.   And eventually to help them start planning and exploring Theory of Mind-what other people think.  We will be hungry tonight.  What food should we buy for dinner.  What food do you think mommy would like?  I think she might be hungry for X because it's her favorite food.  Shall we pick up some X for her?  Do you think that will make her happy?  
    It can seem exhausting at first, but you get used to saying everything you are noticing, doing and thinking, but it's a great way for your son to learn vocabulary and eventually Theory of Mind.
    I'm excited to hear that you will revisit your audiologist in Turkey and wish the best for you and your son on his listening journey!  Take Care,  Suzanne (mom to 16-year Max, bilateral CI recipient)
     
     
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    suzcohen reacted to Mary Beth in First ever Med-El Meetup in Innsbruck, Austria   
    Day 1- Hotel Innsbruck ...terrific gathering of most of the participants...a few were still traveling to Innsbruck .....and many Med-El Innsbruck employees.  So many stories shared.  Tears of appreciation shed.  Lots of laughter.  We quickly became a group of friends.  Veronika treated us to special compositions on the piano.  We are an excited group!
     
    Day 2- Med-El!   Such a warm welcome at Med-El Innsbruck.  
     
    We went on a behind the scenes tour of the Med-El implant production line.  So many safety precautions and quality control checks.  We saw implants in various stages of production.  It takes 5 weeks to make an implant and all are shipped out immediately.  Someone is waiting for every implant made!  Viewing a shelf of completed implants made me smile knowing each one would be life changing to a future user.  We were surprised to learn that we have helium, argon and quite a bit of gold in our heads!
     
    We were each videotaped separately giving info about our hearing journeys.
     
    Then we had an emotional time with members of the production team who make our implants.  Each of us shared our story and our thanks.  The parents shared videos and photos of their children.  There wasn’t a dry eye at Med-El.  A very special moving moment for us all.  Followed by a much needed coffee break and more interactions.
     
    We went into the training lab for surgeons!  Blue booties and all.  There we used virtual reality and haptic tech to practice drilling a well for the implant.....complete with blood spattering when we drilled too deeply!  I was terrible at this task.  My patient would’ve needed strong pain meds for sure!  We practiced inserting an electrode array into a cochlea.  Way cool!  And we had hands on time with the new surgical OtoPlan.  Amazing tech for customized CI surgery planning.
     
    Followed by lunch and more chatting and learning from each other.
     
    Med-El really treated us as such special members of the Med-El family.  
     
    After lunch we participated in workshops where Med-El wanted to learn from our experiences.  Different Med-El leaders ran sessions on topics such as:
    -Why did we choose Med-El?  What do we think makes Med-El special?
    -What problems have we experienced with our processors and accessories?
    -Service and repair showed us extreme cases of processor damage.  Oh my!  Stoves, ovens, microwaves, dogs, dryers....and our processors are not a good combination!  They showed us revisions they have made to the Sonnet and Rondo based on user problems.  A few revisions are already available and a few will be soon.  We got to play with the new Sonnet mic cover design so we will not have to remove the earhook and deal with that tiny pin any longer!  Yay!
    -We spent time at a hands on table with all the Med-El devices.  The new Rondo 2 sure is pretty!
     
    All of the Med-El employees really listened to our feedback and took notes.  They really care about our user experiences.
     
    Another coffee break!  Each coffee break gave us opportunities to interact with even more Med-El employees.  They joined us for coffee breaks and it was so nice to put faces to names we see online!
     
    Then the final round of sessions for today focused on aural rehab and the Roger Pen.  We experienced a group conference call where we needed to plan a party, a noisy cafe with music playing nearby and talked about aural rehab needs for future users.
     
    It was a fun-filled, awesome, informative day!  And every moment was so well planned.
     
    A quick break at the hotel and then off on a guided, narrated walking tour of beautiful Innsbruck!  Excellent tour.
     
    Another quick break and we walked to a special dinner at a restaurant in town with 360 degree views named Lichtblick.  A wonderful meal and lots more laughter.
     
    A wonderful day spent with wonderful people.
     
    Thank you Med-El!
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Jdashiell in My child has CI, almost a month now   
    @ZekariasWelcome!  Our son received his first Med-El CI when he was 1 year too.  As others have mentioned, some audiologists start out with really low volume for children who are newly activated.  When you go in on the 26th, if you determine that is case with your audiologist, definitely share his reactions and your concerns.  Maybe jot down a few notes that will help the audiologist understand if your son is responding when you speak to him from behind, if you bang a pot from behind, if he looks up to your voice or a banging pot when your 10' in front of him vs. if your 3' in front of him, etc.  If the audiologist is only giving him small amounts of sound at each visit, you might want to ask if they can program 4 options with increasing volume so that you can continually add volume every few days before the next audiologist appointment.
    In addition to seeing our audiologist frequently when our son was an infant, we also had weekly "auditory rehab" / "auditory-verbal therapy" appointments with therapist at our CI center to help train our son to learn to listen and distinguish sounds.  We also received weekly visits through a US "0 to 3" high risk early intervention service...where the specialist would come to our house and teach us how to draw our son's attention to sound, work on distinguishing different sounds (google "Ling sounds"), and basically find ways to build language into every day activities you do with your little one.  Those therapists can help you access the quality / volume of sound that your son is hearing as he continues on his hearing journey.  
    Probably your first step would be talking with the audiologist and finding out their plan and sharing your goals with them to assure they are aligned.  Our audiologist actually gave our son full volume on our first programming appointment, slowly increasing volume until his eyes "blinked" which she indicated meant the sound was too loud.  She banged on her metal filing cabinet to see him startle and ensure the banging was not causing the eye twitching which would indicate she had raised the volume too much for him at his listening stage.  Each child is different; our son progressively lost his hearing over his first year so he had some exposure to sound whereas some kids who have been profoundly deaf since birth, find "full volume" too much on their CI as they adjust to the new input. Each child is different and each audiologist has their own method, so ask a lot of questions and share your concerns.  
    We will be looking forward to hearing about your appointment on the 26th and about other questions that arise as you and your son begin this magical "hearing journey"!  Take Care,  Suzanne (mom to Max, 15-year old bilateral CI recipient)
     
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in My child has CI, almost a month now   
    @ZekariasWelcome!  Our son received his first Med-El CI when he was 1 year too.  As others have mentioned, some audiologists start out with really low volume for children who are newly activated.  When you go in on the 26th, if you determine that is case with your audiologist, definitely share his reactions and your concerns.  Maybe jot down a few notes that will help the audiologist understand if your son is responding when you speak to him from behind, if you bang a pot from behind, if he looks up to your voice or a banging pot when your 10' in front of him vs. if your 3' in front of him, etc.  If the audiologist is only giving him small amounts of sound at each visit, you might want to ask if they can program 4 options with increasing volume so that you can continually add volume every few days before the next audiologist appointment.
    In addition to seeing our audiologist frequently when our son was an infant, we also had weekly "auditory rehab" / "auditory-verbal therapy" appointments with therapist at our CI center to help train our son to learn to listen and distinguish sounds.  We also received weekly visits through a US "0 to 3" high risk early intervention service...where the specialist would come to our house and teach us how to draw our son's attention to sound, work on distinguishing different sounds (google "Ling sounds"), and basically find ways to build language into every day activities you do with your little one.  Those therapists can help you access the quality / volume of sound that your son is hearing as he continues on his hearing journey.  
    Probably your first step would be talking with the audiologist and finding out their plan and sharing your goals with them to assure they are aligned.  Our audiologist actually gave our son full volume on our first programming appointment, slowly increasing volume until his eyes "blinked" which she indicated meant the sound was too loud.  She banged on her metal filing cabinet to see him startle and ensure the banging was not causing the eye twitching which would indicate she had raised the volume too much for him at his listening stage.  Each child is different; our son progressively lost his hearing over his first year so he had some exposure to sound whereas some kids who have been profoundly deaf since birth, find "full volume" too much on their CI as they adjust to the new input. Each child is different and each audiologist has their own method, so ask a lot of questions and share your concerns.  
    We will be looking forward to hearing about your appointment on the 26th and about other questions that arise as you and your son begin this magical "hearing journey"!  Take Care,  Suzanne (mom to Max, 15-year old bilateral CI recipient)
     
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Julesrdh in Decision on implanting !   
    My 15-year old son was born with a progressive hearing loss and was profoundly deaf by age one.  We did decide cochlear implants were the right choice for our family, and he received his first implant at age 1 and second at age 4.5.  Ideally, we would have implanted both sides when he was one (because it's ideal to get sound to their brains while their neural pathways are forming to interpret and make speech and oral language meaningful), but surgeons wouldn't bilaterally implant children back then.  It was most gratifying to hear my teenage son share with me this year that he is so grateful that we went this route.  He's an outgoing, talkative, positive kid, who plays high school basketball and lacrosse, and is able to independently navigate communication.  We even let him fly home from a camp for the oral deaf by himself this year....and he was beyond proud of himself for being responsible enough to do that.  
    While there are no guarantees, I've never met a deaf person with a cochlear implant who regrets their decision to implant.  Even if your child had an unusual experience and wasn't able to access speech, the chance to hear environmental sounds (ie. know when a fire truck is coming) allows your child the independence to walk to the park alone when age appropriate.  Most kids do very well with them, particularly if they work hard at aural rehab as Mary Beth mentioned.  It will be important to find support for him to hear and access sounds.....many "birth to three" programs in states can connect you with a program for "oral deaf" children, which might allow you meet other families who've been in your position.  I know that when my husband and I met a teen with CIs, when we were making our decision to implant our infant, it brought clarity to us.  We wanted our child to be able to speak and talk to adults like this eloquent teenager did with us....we wanted to give our child the gift of sound, speech, communication and independence and his cochlear implants and lots of aural rehab have enabled that.  
    Best of luck as you explore your options for your child.  I hope you are able to connect with some local families and meet their children with CIs and see if it's the direction you want to fight for your 2-year daughter.  Take Care,  Suzanne
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in Confusion on choosing processor   
    @Rashmi Congratulations!  I can't wait to hear how activation goes!  Such an exciting time for your child and your family.  Take Care,  Suzanne
     
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    suzcohen reacted to Rashmi in Confusion on choosing processor   
    Thanks @suzcohen for sharing your experience. Finally we have chosen RONDO for our kid considering it's ease of use. Bilateral CI completed successfully with Synchrony Implant last week  . Activation will be in another 2 weeks . Excited to see how he reacts  
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Rashmi in Confusion on choosing processor   
    Congratulations on giving your child the gift of hearing!  As Mary Beth and others have said, you can't go wrong with Sonnets or Rondos.  My son was implanted with MED-EL as a 1-year old as well; the MED-EL external speech processors have progressed so much since our son was implanted 14 years ago.  Now, as a teenager, my 15-year old prefers the sound quality of the Sonnet (as has the ability to do slightly more advanced automatic sound management with two microphones); additionally, he uses a FM system at school which couples more efficiently with the Sonnet.  Many audiologists don't recommend a FM system until the child is two or three years old. Finally, the RONDO, while amazing technology and so simple as a Single Unit Processor, is quite heavy and is too easily knocked off my son's head as an active teen who is constantly in motion, playing sports and wrestling with his older brother.  For an infant, I think both processors are great.  We used the "Baby BTE" configuration of a processor that looks much like the Sonnet with our son when he was a baby.  We secured the processor to the shoulder of his clothing until his ear grew large and sturdy enough to have the Behind-the-Ear Sonnet-like processor at ear level.  
    I think you have two great options and encourage you to talk more with your audiologist to determine what might be the best fit for your child now, next year and up until the time when you will be eligible for an upgrade.
    On a totally different note, my son had the opportunity to meet and talk with a player from our local football team, the Seattle Seahawks.  You should have seen me tear up, watching my deaf teen not only meet and hold his own talking with a professional NFL football player, but participate in an interview with 15 different microphones and cameras aimed at him.  He said today, and has said in the past, that he is so grateful that we chose to give him MED-EL cochlear implants.  You are giving your son the gift of a lifetime.  I'm so excited to hear more from you as you, your son, and your family start this incredible process.
    Best of luck to you,  Suzanne Cohen (mom to Max, bilateral Sonnet 15-year old recipient)
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Jewel in Sonnet standard rechargeable battery life   
    @Mary Beth  He used to use the Roger X receivers, but he received the Roger 21 receivers recently and loves how sleek they are.  He also upgraded to the Roger Touchscreen in school and reports that speech is much clearer with the new combined Touchscreen/Roger 21 receiver system.  He loves it.  He has not used the Roger system outside of school with any regularity.  He just got a Roger Pen so is starting to try it outside of the classroom and will hopefully find situations where it is helpful soon.
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    suzcohen reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet standard rechargeable battery life   
    That Roger Touchscreen Mic is fantastic!  A big step above the other Roger mics in my opinion.
     
     Thanks for sharing @suzcohen!
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in Confusion on choosing processor   
    @Mary Beth  Max met Doug Baldwin #89, a wide receiver, and he got to play Madden football on Xbox with him!  What a kind, genuine and articulate young man.  Go Seahawks!  And go Packers!
     
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in Confusion on choosing processor   
    Congratulations on giving your child the gift of hearing!  As Mary Beth and others have said, you can't go wrong with Sonnets or Rondos.  My son was implanted with MED-EL as a 1-year old as well; the MED-EL external speech processors have progressed so much since our son was implanted 14 years ago.  Now, as a teenager, my 15-year old prefers the sound quality of the Sonnet (as has the ability to do slightly more advanced automatic sound management with two microphones); additionally, he uses a FM system at school which couples more efficiently with the Sonnet.  Many audiologists don't recommend a FM system until the child is two or three years old. Finally, the RONDO, while amazing technology and so simple as a Single Unit Processor, is quite heavy and is too easily knocked off my son's head as an active teen who is constantly in motion, playing sports and wrestling with his older brother.  For an infant, I think both processors are great.  We used the "Baby BTE" configuration of a processor that looks much like the Sonnet with our son when he was a baby.  We secured the processor to the shoulder of his clothing until his ear grew large and sturdy enough to have the Behind-the-Ear Sonnet-like processor at ear level.  
    I think you have two great options and encourage you to talk more with your audiologist to determine what might be the best fit for your child now, next year and up until the time when you will be eligible for an upgrade.
    On a totally different note, my son had the opportunity to meet and talk with a player from our local football team, the Seattle Seahawks.  You should have seen me tear up, watching my deaf teen not only meet and hold his own talking with a professional NFL football player, but participate in an interview with 15 different microphones and cameras aimed at him.  He said today, and has said in the past, that he is so grateful that we chose to give him MED-EL cochlear implants.  You are giving your son the gift of a lifetime.  I'm so excited to hear more from you as you, your son, and your family start this incredible process.
    Best of luck to you,  Suzanne Cohen (mom to Max, bilateral Sonnet 15-year old recipient)
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    suzcohen reacted to Mary Beth in Confusion on choosing processor   
    Hello @Rashmi and welcome!
     
    I have both Rondos and Sonnets.  Both are awesome processors.  
     
    The ease of a one piece unit is quite enticing.  Just turn it on, plop it on your head and hear all day long.  Smile.  Disposable batteries last three 16 hour listening days for me so I just put in new batteries every three days.  Very easy.  Sounds great.
     
    The Sonnets are newer tech than the Rondos and offer dual mic settings, however many audiologists keep young children in omni mic setting due to their age which uses one mic.  So check with your audiologist about which mic setting would be used for your young child.  If it is omni (which sounds great.... you can disregard the discussions about dual mics).  The Sonnets have built in wireless 2.4 connectivity but the intermediary devices have not been released yet by Med-El so it is still inactive.  If you plan on using the Roger System with your child, it is easier to use it with the Sonnets.
     
    I know several parents of young Med-El users and many of them use Rondos for ease.  Some others use Sonnets and various headbands etc.
     
    I don’t think there is a wrong choice.  Both processors allow me to hear great.
     
    Wishing your child the best.
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    suzcohen reacted to Mary Beth in Helpful tips for new members   
    @suzcohen  
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    suzcohen reacted to hadron in Helpful tips for new members   
    Good job Mary Beth. One additional item is tagging a user.
    If you want to tag someone enter the @ sign and then enter the first letter of the username of the person you want to tag. A lot of user names should pop up. Continue with entering more letters until you see the username you want to tag and then press enter. The username should appear in white with the @sign in front of it on a blueish background color.
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    suzcohen reacted to Mary Beth in Helpful tips for new members   
    Hello,
    Many people have recently asked about navigating HearPeers.  Here are a few things that I find useful.  They may help you as well.  Welcome!
     
    The bell symbol at the top is notifications.  Touch it and a window opens.  It will list any notifications you have received and allow you to tap on any of them to be brought right to the message without having to navigate through the forum.  There is also a notifications setting icon in that window and by touching it, you will be brought to a window where you can choose when and how to be notified.  Scroll down as there are a lot of options.
     
    The ACTIVITY link next to BROWSE is also very helpful.  Touch ACTIVITY then choose ALL activity to see a list of all activity posted recently and you can click and go directly to any item you wish.  After awhile of being on the forum, you can also use the UNREAD option which will then just show you posts that you have not yet read.  Clicking on them will bring you directly to the posts.
     
    BROWSE option shows you all of our large topics.  Clicking on any will open up a list of conversations in that topic.
     Aural rehab is a popular topic.
    Assistive Listening Devices is popular as well and where you will find info on the Roger System.
     
    SEARCH allows you to type in anything and search for it.
     
    You can follow topics or follow people if you like as well.
    It takes a bit to feel comfortable with this format, but in my opinion it is well worth it.  There are many, many helpful people here and lots of terrific information.  We also have Med El active here and can ask direct questions and receive info that way.  (Check out the Rondo 2 forum to see what I mean.)
     
    I hope you find this helpful.
    @Joan @Karen T @Angie @Samina bugti @Mary Alice London
     
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Cara Mia in Decision on implanting !   
    My 15-year old son was born with a progressive hearing loss and was profoundly deaf by age one.  We did decide cochlear implants were the right choice for our family, and he received his first implant at age 1 and second at age 4.5.  Ideally, we would have implanted both sides when he was one (because it's ideal to get sound to their brains while their neural pathways are forming to interpret and make speech and oral language meaningful), but surgeons wouldn't bilaterally implant children back then.  It was most gratifying to hear my teenage son share with me this year that he is so grateful that we went this route.  He's an outgoing, talkative, positive kid, who plays high school basketball and lacrosse, and is able to independently navigate communication.  We even let him fly home from a camp for the oral deaf by himself this year....and he was beyond proud of himself for being responsible enough to do that.  
    While there are no guarantees, I've never met a deaf person with a cochlear implant who regrets their decision to implant.  Even if your child had an unusual experience and wasn't able to access speech, the chance to hear environmental sounds (ie. know when a fire truck is coming) allows your child the independence to walk to the park alone when age appropriate.  Most kids do very well with them, particularly if they work hard at aural rehab as Mary Beth mentioned.  It will be important to find support for him to hear and access sounds.....many "birth to three" programs in states can connect you with a program for "oral deaf" children, which might allow you meet other families who've been in your position.  I know that when my husband and I met a teen with CIs, when we were making our decision to implant our infant, it brought clarity to us.  We wanted our child to be able to speak and talk to adults like this eloquent teenager did with us....we wanted to give our child the gift of sound, speech, communication and independence and his cochlear implants and lots of aural rehab have enabled that.  
    Best of luck as you explore your options for your child.  I hope you are able to connect with some local families and meet their children with CIs and see if it's the direction you want to fight for your 2-year daughter.  Take Care,  Suzanne
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in Decision on implanting !   
    Hi Mary Beth!  I made it!  Always great to see you too.  Now I just have to figure how to navigate around!  Take Care, Suzanne
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    suzcohen got a reaction from hadron in Decision on implanting !   
    My 15-year old son was born with a progressive hearing loss and was profoundly deaf by age one.  We did decide cochlear implants were the right choice for our family, and he received his first implant at age 1 and second at age 4.5.  Ideally, we would have implanted both sides when he was one (because it's ideal to get sound to their brains while their neural pathways are forming to interpret and make speech and oral language meaningful), but surgeons wouldn't bilaterally implant children back then.  It was most gratifying to hear my teenage son share with me this year that he is so grateful that we went this route.  He's an outgoing, talkative, positive kid, who plays high school basketball and lacrosse, and is able to independently navigate communication.  We even let him fly home from a camp for the oral deaf by himself this year....and he was beyond proud of himself for being responsible enough to do that.  
    While there are no guarantees, I've never met a deaf person with a cochlear implant who regrets their decision to implant.  Even if your child had an unusual experience and wasn't able to access speech, the chance to hear environmental sounds (ie. know when a fire truck is coming) allows your child the independence to walk to the park alone when age appropriate.  Most kids do very well with them, particularly if they work hard at aural rehab as Mary Beth mentioned.  It will be important to find support for him to hear and access sounds.....many "birth to three" programs in states can connect you with a program for "oral deaf" children, which might allow you meet other families who've been in your position.  I know that when my husband and I met a teen with CIs, when we were making our decision to implant our infant, it brought clarity to us.  We wanted our child to be able to speak and talk to adults like this eloquent teenager did with us....we wanted to give our child the gift of sound, speech, communication and independence and his cochlear implants and lots of aural rehab have enabled that.  
    Best of luck as you explore your options for your child.  I hope you are able to connect with some local families and meet their children with CIs and see if it's the direction you want to fight for your 2-year daughter.  Take Care,  Suzanne
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    suzcohen got a reaction from Mary Beth in Decision on implanting !   
    My 15-year old son was born with a progressive hearing loss and was profoundly deaf by age one.  We did decide cochlear implants were the right choice for our family, and he received his first implant at age 1 and second at age 4.5.  Ideally, we would have implanted both sides when he was one (because it's ideal to get sound to their brains while their neural pathways are forming to interpret and make speech and oral language meaningful), but surgeons wouldn't bilaterally implant children back then.  It was most gratifying to hear my teenage son share with me this year that he is so grateful that we went this route.  He's an outgoing, talkative, positive kid, who plays high school basketball and lacrosse, and is able to independently navigate communication.  We even let him fly home from a camp for the oral deaf by himself this year....and he was beyond proud of himself for being responsible enough to do that.  
    While there are no guarantees, I've never met a deaf person with a cochlear implant who regrets their decision to implant.  Even if your child had an unusual experience and wasn't able to access speech, the chance to hear environmental sounds (ie. know when a fire truck is coming) allows your child the independence to walk to the park alone when age appropriate.  Most kids do very well with them, particularly if they work hard at aural rehab as Mary Beth mentioned.  It will be important to find support for him to hear and access sounds.....many "birth to three" programs in states can connect you with a program for "oral deaf" children, which might allow you meet other families who've been in your position.  I know that when my husband and I met a teen with CIs, when we were making our decision to implant our infant, it brought clarity to us.  We wanted our child to be able to speak and talk to adults like this eloquent teenager did with us....we wanted to give our child the gift of sound, speech, communication and independence and his cochlear implants and lots of aural rehab have enabled that.  
    Best of luck as you explore your options for your child.  I hope you are able to connect with some local families and meet their children with CIs and see if it's the direction you want to fight for your 2-year daughter.  Take Care,  Suzanne
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