Today was a very busy day for little miss Teagan. We finally figure out the great hearing aid mold debate. Yes she is too young for Advanced, Yes she is too old for CHOP but alas she is perfectly aged to get her mold done at the Buck's County I.U. So that is where we went this morning. Kris the audiologist who did her molds was wonderful! Teagan didn't fuss at all and of course she loved the big toy box full of cool toys that Kris had for her. I didn't realize that we had to take her impressions to Advanced to get made into molds but thank God Advanced is on the way home from CHOP!
 After we were done at the IU we had to go to CHOP so she could get a booth test done for her hearing. She did so well in the booth. her favorite thing was the duck puppet! Melinda sang her Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toys and Teagan pointed perfectly to her Head, Eyes, Ears, and Nose. What a good girl.
 The test results were pretty good. It looks like Teagan's left ears isn't as bad as initially tested. She is coming in now at a moderate loss instead of severe! That is great news!! It means she is able to hear SOUNDS at conversation level. However it doesn't mean she is picking up all the words.
 Melinda is concerned about Teagan's speech. Teagan is falling below the curve for speaking. This could be one of two things. One could be that she doesn't feel like talking yet, the other could be that she's not hearing it.
 We know that Teagan can hear sounds and we know that she understands directions like "Bring it to me" and "Point to <insert body part>" w/ out visual cues. She also will sign "Milk" when she hears the word milk and sign "eat" when she hears the word Hungry or Eat. So I think I'm leaning more to believing that she's not just ready to talk yet.
 Anyway to cover all bases the first thing we need to do is go for a Speech Eval @ CHOP. The 2nd step will be for Teagan to have a sedated ABR done. If you read this blog often or know me I am not a big fan of Teagan being sedated However I do know that this is completely necessary for her to have the very best chance at speaking normally. Please keep her in your prayers.
 After CHOP we did head up to Advanced just to find out we need a script from her Pediatrician for them to make her molds and fix her aids (i thought the dog only chewed up the mold part, well it turns out she chews the hook part slightly as well) *sigh*  Thank Goodness this is a script that can be faxed so all I had to do is make a phone call. Yay!
 All in all it was a pretty good day. I am a little sad about Teagan falling below the curve but at the same time she is so above the curve for everything else. Even though she isn't speaking more than a couple of words she is communicating so beautiful, even Melinda agreed with that. If she wasn't communicating so well she would be frustrated and we all know Teagan is rarely frustrated!
 I am so proud of my baby girl and how well she deals with all the poking and prodding that she has endured since birth. LOVE YOU BABY GIRL!!
Clara
02/09/2010 00:50

Boo sedation :( i'll keep ya'll in my thoughts.
but yay for the moderate and not severe that is WONDERFUL news!
BIG HUGS!!!

Clara

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02/09/2010 03:46

Thanks Clara!!! :)

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