Thursday, July 19, 2007

LAUREL PLAYS HEARING GAME


Wednesday morning Laurel Cupit showed off her excellent poise and maturity in the sound booth at the audiologist. She and Mother arrived just before 9a.m. for her annual hearing test. Laurel was excited to "get my hearing checked." The audiologist came into the waiting room to get us and asked Laurel if she was ready to play some games. Laurel said, "No, I am getting my hearing checked!" The audiologist then explained that she would be playing some hearing games. Laurel went into the booth and let the audiologist put the special foam headphones in her ears. Not one time did this little three-year-old try to remove them. Laurel listened carefully to the instructions and did exactly as she was told. First, she pointed to pictures on a poster, and later put blocks into a bucket when she heard the sound. Sometimes she said, "I hear it!"

At the conclusion of the test, the team of audiologists explained that Laurel's results were 10DB lower than last year. Undoubtedly, Laurel's hearing loss is not improving. Laurel's results sit on the borderline for needing hearing aids. The audiologist explained that at this level the decision is in the hands of the parents.

Maren and Brad Cupit both have to translate quite often for Laurel, especially to strangers. Sometimes, even Laurel's parents can't understand her. These moments quickly evolve into frustration and tears, further complicating the language comprehension. These reasons, coupled with the fast approaching pre-school start date, have convinced Maren and Brad that the time has come for Laurel to get some permanent assistance.

When asked, Laurel seems indifferent to the idea. With her parents, she read a library book last night about a little boy that gets hearing aids. Perhaps, the idea won't fully sink in until she is fitted for her new accessory! The Chronicle will stay on top of this story as it develops.

5 comments:

Cathi said...

I imagine that getting hearing aids will be a big deal for Laurel, but since she'll have them so young she'll grow up never knowing the difference. My friend has had them since about Laurel's age and no one even knows that she wears them. She can hear and talk just fine thanks to her hearing aids - they made all the difference in her being able to have a "normal" life.

The Clarke Family said...

Sounds like you are doing the right thing...how frustrated she must feel. I think I would throw tantrums too!

The Clarke Family said...

Sounds like you are doing the right thing...how frustrated she must feel. I think I would throw tantrums too!

jessica and bart said...

We'll keep you guys in our prayers as you make this decision. I am sure Laurel will do great with them if that is what you decide...and think of the difference she may experience in her new world of sounds!

Kathy said...

Wow that is crazy. Well you sound like your handling it great. You know you can always call me if you need anyone to talk to.