Thursday, August 09, 2007
We're going for it.
We spent a few hours at the hospital yesterday going through the evaluation process for a sequential bilateral implant for Ethan. We were told that he is definitely a good candidate for another implant and that the next step would be to approach the insurance company, then set a date for surgery.
In each appointment we were asked to clarify our expectations for a second implant. I guess they want to make sure that families are being realistic and not expecting too much. We gave the standard response and by the end of the day it felt very rehearsed. Studies have shown that a second implant would enable Ethan to identify the locations of sounds (localization) as well as improve his ability to hear in noisy situations. Rich and I feel these benefits will come into play in a myriad of ways, especially in terms of safety and the education process.
The other angle is that if he experiences any additional intermittent electrode failure on the right side, he will have his left side to use for hearing.
So the journey continues.
*I plan to post more pics of Eboy soon, he's so hard to photograph now that he is walking!*