Friday, April 17, 2009

Mapping at 6 Months Hearing

We had a mapping session for William yesterday. He did such a great job! Krissa has been working with him on "conditioned response," which basically means when he hears a noise, he puts the toy in the bucket, or whatever thing it is she's having him do. This is very helpful during booth testing. In the booth yesterday they used this approach. He did great! I remember watching him in the booth back when we first suspected hearing loss. We had been to a couple of different audiologists before we found Hearts for Hearing. They were trying to convince me that he had hearing because he could see the animals move. However, it was obvious to me that he was not hearing the sounds, but seeing the animals move. Anyway, yesterday it was very obvious he actually heard the sounds and it was so exciting to watch!
After the booth testing, we moved into Dr. Kasulis' office for mapping. Here he is waving to one of the animals that he had just heard.

He only has his left processor on because she works with one side at a time. What was so neat to watch was that he would be totally interested in something else (here, the bears in the box) and he would hear the beep and immediately look up to see where it had come from and wave at the animal.

watching the animal at the front

I simply cannot describe the amazing feeling of being able to watch your child hear after knowing he had a world of silence for so long. I am so very thankful for the technology that God has given us and for the passion He has given the people who love giving this gift to others!

We also saw Dr. Domek yesterday. We are looking at getting a new pump for Sherrod that will automatically test her blood sugars. That will be exciting!

"Behold, God is mine helper: the LORD is with them that uphold my soul." Psalm 54:4

1 comment:

  1. Arizona ConnectionApril 17, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    What a joyous posting. Williams journey is filled with the Lord's Love. And what a lesson we all are learning. I truely look forward to William's postings, they are filled with so much love Once again, thank you for sharing William's journey with us.
    So very happy for William!
    Jill Andrews


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