Tuesday, December 14, 2010

So long, hearing aids!

Tomorrow will be the last day Sophie wears her hearing aids, as she will be starting a new journey soon. Thursday is the big surgery day! We are nervous, but very excited because we have waited so long for this day to come. Sophie’s surgery is scheduled for 9:10 AM and we have to be at the hospital around 7:30. We will be staying overnight and hopefully returning home on Friday morning. It’s going to be a long 24 hours, I’m sure!

Sophie will not be able to hear right after her surgery. We must wait a few weeks for her incisions to heal and to let the swelling go down. Then, her CIs will be activated. Our initial activation is scheduled for January 7th. At this time, the audiologist will only be giving Sophie a small amount of sound because we do not want to overload her brain. We will have several audiology appointments in the first few months following the initial activation, with each session giving her more access to sound until her CIs are fully “mapped”. I can’t believe she is going to be hearing at 9 months old. I’m just so happy that everything is falling into place! I know that the coming months are going to be a lot of work and hold much frustration, but at least I will know that Sophie will be benefiting from it. She is going to hear!

This will be the best Christmas present ever!

Oh, and Sophie is pretty excited too. Can’t you tell??


  1. So excited for you! Lucas and Sophie will almost have the same hearing birthday! (L's is 1/9) Praying for a smooth surgery and easy recovery. The 1st 24 hours will definitely be tough, but I'm sure she'll be back to herself within a day! YAY!

  2. I will also be praying for a smooth surgery and easy recovery. My son was about the same age when he got his CI's and we stayed overnight in the hospital too. I was thankful for that because they were able to give him stronger pain meds than we would have been able to give at home and having the doctors and nurses around made me feel better too! Wishing you all the best!