Last night we read a book about an Elephant that couldn't hear and needed hearing aids [the book came with her hearing aid and a little stuffed elephant]. In the book, before he got his hearing aids, Oliver the Elephant felt like everyone was mumbling, he couldn't understand what was being said and felt sad. I asked her if she felt that way and she said that she did sometimes, and if she doesn't hear what someone says or asks her, she just guesses!
The more disappointing news about her hearing loss is that it cannot be corrected surgically. Previously we thought that it was due to holes in her eardrums that could be repaired later. The ENT didn't want to repair it again (did once already) at a fairly young age, because the grafts often don't take and require repeat grafts. But sometimes, just having a hearing aid and being a little different bugs a girl and she wishes she didn't have the hearing aid at all. So, of course, I worry that having hearing aids in both ears might really bother her. There is a 90-day trial period for hearing aids, so if it doesn't seem to be working out very well, we could send it back. Can you tell I'm leaning more and more towards going ahead and getting one? Meeting next week with school and the teacher that comes in to work with her due to her hearing impairment, so am hoping that provides some clarity for me.
In the meantime, we are looking forward to a warm and sunny weekend here -- finally seems that spring may be around the corner. YAY!!!