Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Put Your Ear on BOY!

"Put your ear on boy!" That is something I say at least ten times a day. We call Elijah's processors his "ears" because, well, technically they are his ears. He can't hear without them. He got his first "ear" on his right ear when he was 18 months old and had his left ear done when he was 4 1/2 years old. The coil is the round part that seems to just STICK to his head. It is held on by two magnets, one under his skin and one on the coil!

For whatever reason, if one of the coils falls off, he just lets it hang. ARGH! One of my pet peeves, dang it. I then say and sometimes yell, "put your ear on boy," and he slaps the coil back on. Sometimes he takes his left coil and just tucks it in behind his ear and I ARGH even louder, because this means he took it off on purpose. Again I say, "put your ear on boy!" Now he sort of laughs at me and says, "MOM put your ear on," which is cute and I'll act like I am putting my ears on, but dang it could he just PUT HIS EARS ON!

Elijah does love his ears and if I threaten to take them away he is horrified. I just think he gets busy and if one coil falls off, what's the big deal, he has the other one, right? Is that his thinking? Is the world just too loud sometimes and that is why he tucks the left one behind his ear sometimes. There sure are times when I wish I could turn my hearing off!

If you watch some of the videos I have put on facebook you will hear me telling(yelling) at him to "put your ear on boy!"

We went to see Karate Kid last week and I noticed the red light blinking on his LEFT processor, meaning the coil was off. I asked him to put it back on and that the red light blinking would bother people. Can you imagine looking out over the audience from behind us and seeing this random light blinking red? As a person with OCD, it would drive me crazy to see that red light blinking in a darkened movie theater. I had to remind him on several different occasions to "put his ear on" and threaten to take it away.

I have just worked too hard to get Elijah where he is now to let him not wear his processors. Others might disagree with me, but Elijah truly is a "hearing" child and uses speech to communicate. He would be lost without his "ears"!

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