New here question re: hearing impaired

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New here question re: hearing impaired
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Mon, 08-14-2006 - 9:54pm

O.k. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around Max having a hearing loss. It seems that while a lot of kiddos are wearing hearing aids, they don't work? This is upsetting because we're supposed to get our hearing aids on Wednesday and what if they don't work?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 08-16-2006 - 8:19am

Kim,

I know how overwhelmed all of this may be. With my son's hearing loss, he has been able to master all of the sounds in speech. He was also diagnosed & aided at 3 1/2. By that point, he'd missed much in the development of his speech. Luckily through lots of speech therapy he has almost perfect articulation. And again, he does not "hear" perfectly. Like others mentioned, the aids help them hear what will be "normal" to them. But, they are able to hear and function in a hearing world. I will never forget the first time he heard a bird chirping outside....my son's head almost turned all the way around...LOL.

You are fortunate that your son is young and will be able to develop his speech on track for his age.

Good luck with getting the aids and let us know how it goes.

Gina

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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 11:29pm

As willa_kate said, there are some children, who have very little or no hearing at all, for whom hearing aids are not beneficial. If they have a cochlea (some do not) and a functioning auditory nerve (some do not), then a cochlear implant will allow them access to sound. It stimulates the hair cells inside the cochlea, which, in turn, send messages to the auditory nerve to be processed by the brain. CIs have a speech processor, which turns sound into electrical impulses. Hearing aids have a microphone, which pics up sounds so that the aid may amplify them.

For most children with moderate/severe hearing losses, hearing aids are beneficial. In fact, I had a student whose hearing aids brought him up to a mild loss (which meant he could hear quite a bit when he wore his aids).

I guess what I am trying to say (and Maria can correct me if necessary), neither hearing aids or cochlear implants "fix" hearing loss. They do, however, provide increased access to sound (hearing aids through amplification and CIs through stimulation). With practice, persistance and intervention, many children learn to derive meaning out of the sound. In the words of one of my former parents, hearing aids (and CIs) are tools. A hammer can't build a house by itself, but a person can use a hammer to build a house. Hearing aids and CIs can't build language by themselves, but a person can use them to build language.

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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 4:20pm


If there is some hearing loss, a hearing aid could be very helpful.

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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 1:47pm

The mother said that her son is still not hearing with hearing aids and they are going to get the Cochlear implant hopefully sometime between October and December. I've also heard of other people who have hearing aids and they do not help them hear. Are the hearing aids not to hear with? Maybe I'm still missing something.


Kim


P.S. Thanks for your replies and yes I'm glad I re-found you.

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Mon, 08-14-2006 - 11:14pm

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Mon, 08-14-2006 - 11:05pm
I'm not sure what you mean "they don't work." Can you elaborate?