Nichole’s Story

January 29th, 2008 by | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Nichole was born with residual hearing and raised with Auditory-Verbal therapy. She received her first cochlear implant one year ago and according to her father on his blog, she is blossoming with her CI and is currently considering a second implant! Here is a blog entry written by her father depicting how well she is doing with her CI:

I was talking with Nichole in the car last night (which in and of itself is a miracle, since conversations in a car were very difficult before her CI). I asked how school went. She indicated they had a substitute for Chemistry. They watched a movie and then had to take a quiz about the contents. I asked if she had the substitute put the FM beside the TV. “Well, no, because the TV is mounted hi up on the wall” (since it is a lab setting). Ok, well was the movie captioned? “No. There were no captions”.

Nichole sits about 15 feet from the TV (I now know). Before her CI, she would not have been able to hear any of the movie. So I could feel my protective dad “turbine” starting to spin up at the thought of her being quizzed on a movie under such conditions, when Nichole’s face brightened and she said “I understood most of what they were saying in the movie, and I think I did pretty well on the quiz”!

Having her be able to hear electronically produced speech has been one of the goals that I wasn’t sure would be achieved (see my earlier post The straw that broke the camel’s back). Her experience with her CI just keeps getting better !

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