Our new audiologist, Laura, is wonderful and we are so lucky that the clinic is only 4 miles away. She spent an hour and a half helping me learn how to turn on, care for, and adjust Luke's new hearing aids. The ear molds are a little loose so they are giving out a lot of feedback. She placed an order for new ones, and we should get those by Monday.
Laura explained how the hearing aids will benefit Luke right now. Without his aids, he is not able to hear really anything. Staying at this state, your nerves/ears start to atrophy. Having hearing aids will amplify sound, so that his ears will understand that the world around him makes noise. We will not need to shout or talk loud for him to hear, but long-term, hearing aids will not help him decipher speech. We feel so blessed that he can have the hearing aids for now, and at least hear something!!!
Addie and James were so excited to have him try out his new tool. They spent the afternoon shaking toys, singing songs, and reading to him. It was amazing to watch him track toys and turn and look straight at one of the kids who was talking to him.
From here we check-in with our Audiologist every three weeks. Since babies ears grow so quickly, new molds will need to be made quite often. This is totally okay with Addie and James as they have already called dibs on the color of his next ear molds: orange and purple. Hmmm!!!
Thank you again everyone for your thoughts and prayers!! We feel so blessed and encouraged by your love and support.
Love, The MN Juliens