With all the buzz about bilateral Cochlear Implants, I often feel that our bi-modal kids are forgotten about. Yes, bilateral hearing is best. Of course 2 ears is better than one. We've found over the past 3.5 years that Christian receives GREAT benefit from his aided ear (that measures severe on aided testing) and sometimes folks are surprised that we aren't pursuing a 2nd Cochlear Implant for him. Just yesterday at school he scored 37/49 correct using his aided ear alone in speech perception testing. That is pretty darn good. We know that his aided ear provides much of the enjoyment for his love of music. We know that it also has helped him with sound location and articulation. For now, a hearing aid is working. We'll always keep close tabs on that ear. Maximizing his aided ear is ALWAYS on the forefront of our minds, so when he came home yesterday with a Phonak Naida on his left ear, I couldn't help but be giddy with excitement.
I'll leave the ins and outs of exactly what the Naida does to the pros--check out the video below from Dr. Seewald, a leader in pediatric audiology. In Mommy terms, the Naida uses this amazing software called SoundRecover. It will take the high-frequency sounds that Christian has a hard time hearing with his aided ear and compress them into lower level frequencies, making them accessible and heard. This will help with his speech discrimination and production. Christian will use the demo provided by the school for a couple of weeks, we'll evaluate his progress and decide if we'll order one.