Monday, May 4, 2009

Post Activation Update - Day 6

Our Superstar
It has been six days since activation. In short, Ava has been constantly amazing us with her new ears! She is both recognizing and localizing sound! She tolerated the different program levels on her processors so well that we were at the highest program setting (P4) in 4 days. Here are a few examples of what she is doing:
Sounds she recognizes:
-microwave beeping
-shaking of box of cheerios
-mommy and daddy's voice
-door knocking
-of the Ling Six Sounds - "ahhhh"
-we have been working on farm animal sounds using plastic fisher price farm animals - we were on the floor playing with the chicken and I used the "bock" bock" sound - Ava played with the chicken for a bit and then threw it off to the side and it rolled about 3 feet away - she became engaged in something else - at that point I started to say "bock bock" again and Ava turned around to look at the chicken she threw to the side - IS THAT A COINCIDENCE OR DID SHE RECOGNIZE THE CHICKEN SOUND? I guess time will tell.

-she REALLY LOVES songs - If you're Happy and You know it, This Little Piggie went to Market, Row Row Row your Boat.

Examples of localization:
-turns to our voice while watching baby einstein dvd or while engaged in play
-turns to sound of rattle in the appropriate direction while engaged in play
-we hide a plastic farm animal under a blanket - then we make the animal sound and she will search for the animal
-turning her head when we call her name - although this is inconsistent and I don't believe at this point she recognizes her name yet but she does hear our voice and turns toward it.
We learned today it takes approximately 10 months of hearing before Ava will form words - that is just average so it could be sooner or later than that time before Ava will start to form words.

Today, Ava had her second MAPing. We received 4 more programs which have increased volume and sensitivity levels. She tolerated the new program very well. I found it a bit troubling that she doesn't react much to the new sound levels but I was reassured that she is doing very well and her auditory nerve is functioning beautifully. (Ava is part of a study of bilateral implantation, therefore, in addition to her regular MAPing sessions, she also spends some time in the hospital lab for additional testing).

Oh, and did I mention that this is SO EXCITING! I look forward to waking up each morning with such anticipation of Ava's progress. Some days, there will be very little change from one day to the next. Other days there will be huge leaps of real progress. Some of the other CI mom's advised me to remember that this journey is not a sprint, but a marathon. While this may be quite true, I came across this quote by Michael Johnson ..."Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best".


  1. It sounds like Ava is doing wonderfully! I agree that it's definitely a marathon, and not a sprint, and I love your Michael Johnson quote! That sums it up so beautifully.

  2. this is amazing! every day feels like such a miracle, don't you think?