Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Eliana's First Cochlear Implant Activation - Day 1 & 2

It has been amazing process and the day has finally come for Eliana's first cochlear implant activation. We didn't know what to expect and were told to keep our expectations in reasonable check since she will be learning to hear for the first time. Yesterday, several weeks after her first surgery on October 25, was activation day.

Here is a video of her responding to musical instruments, which is very fitting since she loves music so much.

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On day one they just barely turn the device on in order to keep her from being overstimulated and possibly in pain because of the amount of sound that she would have to process. So, today we went back for them to adjust the device up. Here are a couple videos of her responding to both computer beeps directly into her device and also to speech sounds.

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It has been a blessing to be the recipient of so much prayer and care from our family and friends throughout this journey so far. We still have a long road ahead of us, another surgery on December 13 for the left ear and multiple follow-up visits for speech therapy, but we know that God will lead us through the process just as He already has been doing throughout the past couple years. "He has done all things well." (Mark 7:37)

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