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!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Swimming with CI Proccesor

I have finally joined the rank of parents who have waterproofed their child's cochlear implant processor. I never thought I would have the courage to do it. I had heard stories of people using something called an ALOKSAK bag or using other things to waterproof their child's processor. Now that Elijah has backup Freedoms and dealing with some crazy behavior while swimming, due to frustration and not being able to hear.

The swim cap arrived on Tuesday and the aloksak bag arrived today. I turned up his microphone sensitivity and put the right freedom in the aloksak bag. It took a few tries to get the red cap on his head with the magnet in the right place(oh and I strenthened the magnet too) but we did it. He then said, "I wear it for two minutes then take it off." He is so protective of his "ears" and I think he was afraid it would break. We got in the water and after a bit his head got wet. I asked him if he could hear and he said YES! He then started going under the water and really enjoying himself. I really enjoyed being able to talk to him too. My dad and aunt came out to check him out and thought it was pretty neat he could hear too.

I think this will make for a nice birthday party for him! He seemed to have more fun and have less anxiety being able to hear. Maybe now I can finally teach him how to really swim!

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