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!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Visit to the Audilogist

I took Elijah in for a hearing test today and also to get his microphone and volume controls on his processors unlocked. I am planning on trying the aLOKSAK bag with a swim cap the next time he swims and want to make sure he can hear us! The sensitivity on the mic may need to be set higher, since the processor will be in a bag under his swim cap. This is also true for the volume! I had the controls locked because with the eargear he wore, they seemed to get accidentally turned up or down. This picture shows the processor on the ear and the internal parts of the cochlear implant also. The aLOKSAK bags came in today, so the next time we go swimming we can try them out!

Elijah cooperated pretty well in the sound booth. His mappings were not changed. Here are his results:

Right ear
500 Hz--15 decibels(dB)
1000 Hz--20 dB
2000 Hz--10 dB
4000 Hz--20 dB
6000 Hz-- 20 dB

Left ear
500 Hz--15 dB
1000 Hz-- 15 dB
2000 Hz--15 dB
4000 Hz-- 15 dB
6000 Hz-- 10 dB

Normal hearing is at zero decibels and without his cochlear implants Elijah detects sounds at around 110 dB, which is VERY LOUD. With both ears performing so well, he probably hears better than these tests show, because he uses both ears together, not one at a time.

We also discussed the length of his coil cord. She had ordered us 2 1/2 inch cords and I had wanted three inches. The 2 1/2 is working pretty well, but it seems to bend the cord at more of a right angle and I worry about wearing out the cords quicker. I think I am just going to keep an eye on it for a while and see how it goes.

I'll let y'all know how it goes the next time we go swimming. We have had rain and overcast skies the last few days, so it may be next week before we get to swim!

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