Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

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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