Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Candidacy Evaluation Continues...

We are off to Edmonton tomorrow, for appointments, consultations and more appointments...
She is a CI candidate according to her profound hearing loss in both ears however we still need to go through a few more appointments before they tell us that she is definitely a CI Candidate.

Here is what we are in for...

9-10- Sienna's hearing test (Glenrose)
10-11- Speech assessement (Glenrose)
11-12- CI Consultation (Glenrose)
3:00- appointment at the Wildrose to check Sienna's hearing aids

9-12 - CI Consultation (Glenrose) (without kids)

8:00-?? CT scan at the U of A where they need to sedate her

9-12 CI Consultaion (Glenrose) (without kids)
1-2 Social Worker (Glenrose)
3:00- The Wildrose Audiology Clinic is having a Kids Party for all the kids who wear hearing that they work with.

It'll be a very informative week, we will be reviewing the risks, pros, cons, statistics, etc... of cochlear implants.

We would like to thank Darcy and Lisa, Matante Yvonne and Tracey, in advance for helping us out this week in Edmonton, your kindness means everything to us.

I will keep you posted!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The "joys" of Hearing Aids

HMMMM.... what can I say about hearing aids?!?!?
For anyone who has a child with them,
I'm sure you can relate!

***Feedback, feedback, feedback
does it ever end??

***seems like just when one is working....
the other gives us problems?!?!

*** "WOW, do they ever taste good!?!"
(she sure knows how to get my attention quickly,
especially when I'm on the phone, or cooking supper....never fails)

" Oh! this is where they go, Mom!"
Besides all of the daily nuissances,

**she turns her head to our voices

**she babbles alot more with them on

**she is now doing the "O" formation with her mouth
and every so often the sound "ooooo" comes out, YOUPI!

**we are stimulating the auditory nerve in preparation
for a cochlear implant

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Better Hearing and Speech Month

I just thought I would share with you that it is...
MAY 2009

For over 75 years, May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month. This month provides an opportunity to educate and inform others about the importance of good hearing, the social and emotional implications of hearing loss, and the available solutions for those who suffer from hearing loss. One of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today, hearing loss affects more than 31 million Americans, most of whom are below retirement age.

Raise your hand to support hearing health and take action to spread the word about hearing loss in your community.

Hearing Loss Facts

** 1 out of 10 Americans have a hearing loss - that's more than 31,000,000 people1
** 3 out of 1000 children are born with hearing loss - 1.4 million children have hearing loss in the United States
**Children with hearing loss who are identified and receive early intervention prior to 6 months of age develop significantly better language ability than children identified after 6 months
**15% of "baby-boomers" ages 45-64 have hearing loss

**29% of people over age 65 have hearing loss
** The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are below retirement age
**It's estimated that 6.2 million people use hearing aids - per the Better Hearing Institute, 5-10% of people with hearing loss do not benefit from hearing aids, but could benefit from an alternative treatment such as an implantable hearing solution instead

"Even a very slight hearing loss can have an impact on your daily life," said Dr. Jerry Punch of the Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders, and the Oyer Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Michigan State University. "Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tiny...tiny...tiny, always will be!

We just had Sienna's measurements taken,
we do every 6 weeks....

May 5th , 2009
weight: 16 lbs. 8 oz.
height: 28 3/4 "

No weight gain from March 24th but...
she did grow 0.6 cm, YOUPI!

CMV does cause poor growth...
however, I'm sure
her mom and dad's size
may have a little something
to do with her being