We are in the pre-implant candidacy stage. At the Hear Center we will complete more tests with Ella Marie's hearing aids to determine if the hearing aids give enough amplification before going the surgery route. More than likely they will not and she will have implant surgery. Looking ahead she could have one implant at 10 or 11 months of age and the other one 3 months later or we could do both of the surgeries at once around a year old. The parent in me only wants Ella Marie to go through 1 surgery but the educator in me wants her to hear more from at least one ear earlier. The therapists and audiologists from The Hear Center and Dr. Woolley at Children's will guide us in this decision.
Dr. Woolley told us that the factors for success for a child with cochlear implants are the age of implamentation and the parent support.
Surgery is about 2 hours if only one implant is done at a time or 5 hours for both implants in the same surgery (if both implants are done at the same time, the audiologist has to also come in to complete some things). The child loses a lot of blood during the surgery so if both implants are done at the same time we would have to wait until at least a year old.
Finally, we discussed that Ella Marie would have a CT scan about 10 days or 2 weeks before the surgery. This is his "map" for her surgery. It cannot be done yet because she is so little so she would grow between now and the surgery.
After our appointment, we went to the Hear Center for Ella Marie's weekly speech therapy. Below I will list the skills and information we went over: