Friday, August 10, 2007
LAUREL ACCEPTS AID
Thursday morning, after a decent breakfast and a few more prayers for success, the Cupits set out to finally get Laurel's new hearing aids. After a quick stop at Michael's house to drop off brother Brant, the family headed on to the wellness center to see Miss Dawn. Mother and Father had talked extensively with Laurel to try and prepare her, but they were very nervous about her reaction to this new permanent accessory.
Upon arrival, the family almost immediately headed back to the office where a large cardboard mailing box was sitting on the table. Miss Dawn started putting things together right away. She explained lots of different instructions regarding the cleaning and care of the hearing aids. She also gave Laurel a little stuffed otter with velcro hearing aids that she can play with.
Dawn began to put the earmolds in, but Laurel had too much wax in her ears. Dawn had to clean them out. Laurel certainly did not like this part. After she removed the wax, she put the molds in and then aids. There is also a special rope attached to Laurel's aids that clips to the back of her shirt. This way she won't lose them if they come out for some reason. The clip has a little bear on it. It resembles a pacifier clip.
Laurel's first reaction was a quiet, little smile. She shrugged her shoulders timidly just a little. She seemed to like the aids. She did ask once to take them out, but on the whole, she didn't resist. Mother and Father noticed an improvement almost immediately when we stepped out in the hall. Laurel started to run down the hall. Maren called Laurel's name one time at a conversational volume. Laurel instantly stopped and turned around.
Later during the day, Laurel did take out the hearing aids, so Maren had to put them back in right away. The adjustment period may take a week or so. The family all went to Chuck E Cheese to celebrate. Laurel's doing great! Hopefully, her speech will improve in the near future.