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!*


Drew's Mom said...

Great news! The sound localization is amazing. Drew has NO idea where sounds come from when he has just one implant on (in therapy, when one is off), but with both, he already knows exactly where the sound is coming from.

Wishing you an easy road to insurance approval!

slouching mom said...

Oh, that's great news. And he's so adorable.

Eileen said...

Heather, that is really good news! I hope your insurance company doesn't give you any hassle! Ethan is so cute, he really is growing, looking more and more like a little boy! Loosing a lot of that baby look, such a handsome little guy!

jen said...

this is terrific news!