Friday, January 19, 2007

Aiden's Second Mapping

Aiden had his second "mapping" at CHEO on Monday.

The mapping process is actually pretty cool. Aiden's Audiologist unhooks his implant from Aiden's Speech Processor (the part he wears on his back) and hooks it up instead to a laptop. The laptop is equiped with software that can read and change the settings on Aiden's Implant (much like you would change the settings on the graphic equalizer of a stereo). For Aiden's new Map, the Audiologist wanted to change some of the settings, which would increase Aiden's ability to perceive softer sounds (even as soft as a finger tapping lightly on a table). When the settings were first changed, the Audiologist made a "ssss" sound, and Aiden got very upset and cried like he was hurt - much like he did at the time of initial turn on. So, we gave him a break, and tried again with a less drastic change (even thought the first change was pretty small). Aiden adjusted pretty quickly to the new setting, so that Map was saved - and now this is what we use on Aiden's Implant every day.

Aiden's Audiologist has the ability to program 4 Maps into Aiden's Implant. This part is really cool. Aiden's "Map 1" is the new Map that was programmed on Monday that we are to use everyday. Aiden's "Map 2" is a setting that we change change the implant to if Aiden is in a noisy environment. For example, if we took him to a hockey game, we would take his speech processor, click a button, and reset his map to "P2." On this setting, Aiden would be able to hear less of the background noises at the game and be able to focus more on sounds closer to him (like us talking). In noisy enviroments, this is would be a much more comfortable Map for Aiden. Aiden's "Map 3" is a called the "Whisper Map". So, if we are in a very quiet place (like a library - or at home doing his therapy sessions) we change change to P3 and Aiden will be able to perceive quieter sounds with more clarity - and from a greater distance. Aiden's "Map 4" is simply the original Map we had before the changes were made on Monday.

After the Mapping session, Aiden got to have a little time in the sound booth - and he did amazingly well! He clearly picked up sounds at just 25db (which even I had trouble hearing!).

We had a really great visit all the way around this week in Ottawa. On Thursday, Noah, Aiden & I were invited to a playgroup that another Mom with a boy in AV Therapy at CHEO hosted. We had a really great time - it was so nice to meet her and the other Moms that had children with a hearing loss. All of the kids at the group have hearing aids now, and some are hoping to get Cochlear Implants soon. So, they were very interested in Aiden's experiences. I think it is so important to have this kind of support from people that are going through a similar experience as we are - not to mention that it's just nice to have new friends! :>

10 Comments:

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous jen said...

I am so glad that you guys are finding other families who are going through similair experiences. I am so proud of Aiden for doing so well. Isn't this marvelous technology?

Why doesn't he wear the CI in the car? I thought there would never have to be another drive to Ottawa in which he would have difficulty hearing you!!!

 
At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Barbara Sercl said...

I was wondering if you could email me back if I could get in contact with you. My son is 2 and we just started the CI process. I am still really upset about the whole thing and would really like to talk to someone who knows what I am going through.
Thanks
Barbara

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Hi Barbara,

I would love to email you, just send me your address in a comment and I will send you an email.

Keep your head up - it gets SO much better than where you are right now. I know it seems hard now, but it is SO worth it. Cochlear Implants literally changed our lives for 1000 times the better.

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son is getting cochlear implant in 2 days I am so nervous excited scared. i just dont know what to expect. Also is wierd for the kids having that connecter on there head? do other children stare at him? you can email me if you want and let me know anything you can at simple_gurll21@yahoo.com

 
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