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

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!

No comments:

Post a Comment