I read somewhere that CI recipients may have some trouble appreciating music. Clearly with Ava this is not the case. She loves music and she loves dancing. Here are two short videos. In the first video, Ava is about 21 months old and has been hearing for just under a year. The second video was taken at her older sister's class Hallowe'en dance this year. She is almost 2 1/2 and hearing for 1 1/2 years. The video is really dark but about 10 or so seconds into the video you will see her older sister (in witch costume) enter the gym and hug a little dark figure in a giraffe costume (Ava) dancing up and down.
Ava was born June 30, 2008 and diagnosed with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in September, 2008. She received simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants when she was 9 months old on March 31, 2009. Today she is 6 years old and is on par with her hearing peers of in terms of auditory comprehension and expressive language. I want to give parents of newly diagnosed babies with profound hearing loss HOPE.
I am married to a talented children's musician husband and together we enjoy seven unique and beautiful children. I "retired" as a corporate/commercial law clerk to stay at home with the kids. I love golf, gourmet cooking, jazz and ballet dancing and dates with my husband.