Due to Andrew’s tentative diagnosis of auditory neuropathy, Andrew finally received his hearing aids this month. The NY State Early Intervention program that provides all of Andrew’s various therapies absorbs the costs for his hearing-related appointments, therapies, and the actual hearing aids (which are sold for $4800 out-of-pocket). Andrew has already had three audiology appointments. The first one was to squeeze blue gel into his ears to get a mold for the hearing aids. The second took place about two weeks later to actually try out the new molds and hearing aids. The third one took place approximately a week later just to see how things were going. Additionally, Andrew will have appointments every couple of months for mold refittings and further testing.
We also received hearing aid swag from Phonak, the hearing aid manufacturers: a colorful bag to store all our gear, two pages of decorative stickers for the hearing aids (our personal favorite would be a toss up between the flames or the leopard print), a dozen batteries, a device that measures battery life, a container to store washed ear molds in, a hearing aid case, a bulb to clear water out of the hearing aids, a tube to make sure the hearing aids amplifications are working properly, a hearing aid clip, a book entitled Oliver Gets Hearing Aids, and an Oliver hand puppet. Score.
Before we get into whether or not we think the hearing aids are helping, it is important to note what we DO know about his hearing:
Kind of confusing, right?
So are the hearing aids helping? It’s only been a few weeks, but we do not notice any difference in his behavior. But maybe in time, we will?