Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Hearing Boy


Ethan is so happy! He has only been hearing with his new ear for a few weeks and we've seen really exciting changes on a daily basis. After just one mapping session he has tested down to a mild hearing loss in the booth. He is loving music and listens to it daily. He puts himself to sleep and wakes up singing his favorite songs. He has far fewer meltdowns and is generally much happier throughout the day. He is making more connections with language in context than we have ever seen before. He's doing really well at school and takes his weekly spelling test by hearing rather than by using his interpreter. She is still there for him, but he has chosen not to watch her during those tests and has been scoring really well on them without that extra support. Everyone who works with him is simply amazed by how well he is doing. His audiologist said "If I were the type of person who jumped up and down and yelled with excitement, that's what I'd be doing right now." He's the mellow and reserved type, but even he can hardly believe how well Ethan is doing.

It's hard to believe that he spent most of his kindergarten year being completely deaf. Going back to hearing has been a snap for him and his SLP at Children's feels very strongly that he's an auditory learner. No one is suggesting that he doesn't still require an interpreter, but everyone is saying how exciting it has been to see him make this huge leap.

Meanwhile, we are being billed for the Ci surgery. Our insurance company doesn't want to pay it and we're hoping that we can get Cochlear Corp. to pay since it was their fault that the device failed to begin with. It's a lot of money, enough to buy a house. I hate that we have to deal with this, but the fact that Ethan is thriving as a result of that surgery makes the red tape mess totally worthwhile.

9 comments:

Kyla said...

That is so wonderful to hear!!! I'm so glad he's thriving!

Kel said...

I'm glad to hear he's doing so well with it!! That has got to be just the best feeling for you guys as well. Good luck with insurance and Cochlear... You aren't kidding about the expense!

Kristina said...

It just gets better and better with Ethan! I love all the great news and I bet it is such sweet music to your ears to hear him singing again!

Love the photo of Ethan! Keep them coming - his cuteness is too much to keep to yourself ;-)

Cheryl said...

This really made my day! So wonderful to hear this exciting news. I just know that this is just the beginning of the amazing progress Ethan will continue to make.
Wish there was some way I could help you with all the insurance crap. It is criminal really.
XXXX

Carrie said...

Wow!!!! Keep us posted on all things wonderful and also all things expensive.

perrie said...

Hooray on this great, super news! But boo on the insurance mess. I hope Cochlear pulls through...

perrie said...

Perrie was me, Alissa--sorry!

Hetha said...

Thanks you guys!
Cochlear has informed us that they accidentally billed the hospital for the equipment, which they are happy to pay for. Now we just need to get insurance to cover the hospital fees. The hospital always gets preauthorization from insurance before scheduling these things, so I'm a little confused as to what is going on here. We'll sort it out. One thing is for sure, we're NOT paying for it. And if we had that kind of money, I'd be buying a house in Key West with it.

Loudest Mom said...

SOOOOO cute! And getting so old :)