Cochlear Implant Surgery Was Successful – My Daughter’s Story

The day finally arrived and it was time to turn her device on.  We left early that morning and made the 5 hour trip one way to Naval Hospital.  Once we arrived at the hospital, we grabbed some lunch and I fed the baby.  Then we went to see the audiologist for her new device.  The audiologist came to the waiting room and called us back.  Once we got into the room, she gave my daughter her new friend, the Cochlear Kola Bear.

The audiologist hooked up her new device and placed it onto the magnetic spot, just behind her ear.  She turned it on and the look on my daughter’s face was priceless.  The audiologist asked my daughter, “Did you hear that?”  My daughter responded with a head nod saying yes. (I wish I had a video to share but I don’t)  I was excited and happy for my daughter.  The audiologist continued programming her device.  Then she showed me how her device worked and all of the extra parts and accessories that went with her device.  Her first device was big and bulky and she had to wear it around her waist.

Once we were finished, we loaded up the car and headed home.  My daughter had her device on in the car and seemed excited that she was finally able to hear until her baby brother decided her wanted to make loud cooing noises.  I glanced in the rear view mirror and noticed that my daughter was signing “loud”.  I didn’t want her first hearing experience to be unpleasant and since we were travelling in the car, I told  her that she could take it off.

Continue reading: “Will Adding a Second Cochlear Implant Improve My Daughter’s Hearing?”

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9 responses to “Cochlear Implant Surgery Was Successful – My Daughter’s Story”

  1. DelSheree Avatar

    A little boy we go to church with has a cochlear implant and it has been so great for him. I am so glad your daughter was able to have such a successful surgery. I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for you both

    1. Christy Avatar

      It was scary but exciting at the same time. She has benefited it greatly.

  2. Rebel Sweetheart Avatar

    That must have been the longest 5 hours of your life! Glad to know that the surgery was a success! Praying for your daughter’s speedy recovery. 🙂

    1. Christy Avatar

      She had the surgery done in 2001 but we are currently exploring the opportunity to add a second implant to her unaided side.

  3. Pamela R Avatar

    what a great story TY for sharing.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Your welcome, glad you enjoyed it Pamela.

  4. Kristine/A Changed Life Avatar

    Congratulations on the success of your daughter’s cochlear implant. We are blessed with modern technology to fix problems like that. Surely God was also with your daughter during the whole operation. I’m happy for you and your family Christy!

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you for your words of encouragement Krisitine. I am very thankful for modern technology.

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