Isaac's World

Isaac is Deaf but hears with cochlear implants. He received his first cochlear implant on September 25th, 2006. He received his second cochlear implant on September 10, 2008. This is his journey with sound as told by mommy.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Isaac has TWO Ears!

Isaac did great yesterday! My friend Lynn watched Noah so Isaac and I could focus better on the experience. I think it would have been sheer torture to have him there with us. Lynn has two boys of her own who are the same age as ours, so I know that Noah had fun. Thank you Lynn!

The "hook-up" the second time around seemed easy for us. Having experienced it before, we didn't have the explanation of the equipment and Isaac seemed so at ease. He didn't even flinch when the audiologist turned the sound on. Isaac has four programs on his new processor that progressively give him more stimulation. The best I can understand this is, when you move from program 1 through 4, more of the nuances of sound are present. I don't think it gets louder, (that's what the volume controls are for)there is just a greater presence of sound. If anyone can explain this better, please let me know!

By the end of the day yesterday we had Isaac using program 4 and volume 6. We were so impressed. I forgot to check the programs this morning and Isaac cried when I put his new processor on. He told me it was too loud. I quickly took the processor off and switched to program 1. Of course, I felt so guilty and sat with Isaac for a while instead of doing my morning chores. Isaac told me he loves me, so it must not have been that bad.

Thank you everyone for your prayers, encouragement and kind words throughout this journey of giving Isaac bi-lateral implants. As a family, we are so blessed to have such a network of love and support from all over the world. I love reading about experiences that others have with cochlear implants. It has meant so much to me. Thank you family and friends!