We had behavioral booth testing today, and all I can say is OH MY GOD.
Something we're doing is working.
Maybe it's the constant enunciation. Maybe it's always making eye contact. Maybe it's reducing the background noise in our house. Maybe it's the repetition. Maybe it's just the aids working. Maybe he's gotten the hang of "Learning to Listen". Maybe it's because I'm literally in my kids face ALL WAKING HOURS speaking and signing to him and making every moment of our day together a LANGUAGE OPPORTUNITY.
Or maybe it's just because he's older, we're wiser, and he's a rockstar.
Whatever it is, we're going to keep doing it.
Christian's hearing loss is in the severe-profound range. Without his aids, he hears in the 85db-80db range. Today in the booth he had CONSISTENT responses in the 45-40db level. That puts his hearing loss in the moderate range aided. No kidding. We knew he was hearing alot more than we thought he was when he started throwing out words like Hat and Cat. I think that while he is doing alot of lipreading, that he really can hear that hard "T" sound. I never would've expected him hearing THIS well though. It's just wonderful.
Still, even with his fantastic progress, our audiologist today indicated that she believes he would benefit from a CI. The aids cannot be amplified anymore. In fact, she told us that other than for ear molds, there's not much more that she needs to do with him.
So, we're waiting for the Hopkins appointment, and we'll see what they say. In the meantime, I'll just continue to brag about how well my kid is doing.