A Solution for Emily
When Emily was four weeks old, we took her to a paediatric audiologist for more hearing tests. These tests showed that she did in fact have severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. There’s no history of hearing loss in my family or my husband’s, so we were anxious and wondered what the future might hold for our daughter.
Emily was fitted with hearing aids. After wearing them for a few months, she still wasn’t responding to our voices or to any other sounds. At that point, Emily’s audiologist referred her to an ENT doctor, who recommended that she should get cochlear implants.
Going to School and Growing Up
Emily is now in kindergarten. Her teacher gives her a little extra support by minimising noisy distractions in the classroom whenever possible and by making sure her audio processor is connected. Emily continues to work with a speech therapist once a week. The teacher tells us that Emily’s speech and reading skills are just as good as those of her classmates.