Triplet Princes and a Princess

Triplet Princes and a Princess

Our journey to hearing with Cormac while living our life with triplet boys and a baby girl.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

July 1st

That is the date we FINALLY pick up Ciaran's hearing aids. Took some time and searching but we found an absolutely awesome audiologist. Ciaran's hearing loss is not typical. I guess some audiologists were just not experienced enough to handle his loss. Since he only has loss in the mid frequencies you don't want to aid the high and the low. By putting in an ear mold you have to be careful to not take away his access to the frequencies he can hear.

Of course, we are picking up the hearing aids the day we leave for vacation for 10 days. Not the ideal situation but it is what it is. We need him to be really comfortable with them before school starts. I already showed him what they will look like and he seems like he is really good with it. I am not sure how he is going to react to the ear molds. The ear molds are by far my biggest concern. He gets bothered by stuff. Things sometime bother him but we will see how it goes.

After much consideration, we went with
Phonak Nios. It was the best fit for his loss. The audiologist ran his audiogram through the various software programs for Oticon and Phonak. Phonak is owned by Sonova which also owns Advanced Bionics. So, we are staying in the same family of companies. Phonak is the leader in the miniaturization of hearing aids. They are bringing their knowledge together with Advanced Bionics to create much smaller processors for implants. Cormac will benefit greatly from this merger.

You can see it in the picture below. It looks much bigger in this picture. It is so tiny especially compared to Cormac's processors. It will only take up about 1/4 of his ear. We went with a neutral color hearing aid and mold. He wants green because it is favorite color. We will use stickers to decorate. With the cost of these little suckers I don't want to be locked into one color only to have him decide he doesn't like it any longer. With him starting Kindergarten in the fall who knows how he will feel when September rolls around.


Melinda said...

What a great choice! my daughter wears Phonaks. 1 Nios & 1 sp diaz in bright Great hearing aides!!! hope he adjusts to them well & they dont cause him to much trouble. Have a great vacation too :)

Jenna said...

My name is Jenna and I came across your site. Your boys are handsome, and have great, awesome, and shinning smiles. Your boys are amazing, courageous, strong and determined boys. They are smilen champs, and inspirational hero's.

Caleigh, is an amazing, Beautiful, cute and adoreble little girl. She is a courageous, strong, and determined fighter. She is a brave warrior, a beautiful smilen champ, and an inspirational hero.

I was born with a rare life threatening disease. I am alaso deaf in the right ear. I can't hear nothing in it when there is lots of noise. I love it when people sign my guestbook.