The hearing in my daughter’s left ear was so severe that she didn’t have very much hearing in that ear. She was only able to hear very, very loud sounds using her left ear. So it has been over 16 years, since the nerve inside of her ear hasn’t had any stimulation. It is amazing that my daughter was able to hear the beeps and crackling noises in her left ear. The audiologist said, “that this was very normal.” She explained to us that the noises that she is currently hearing is her auditory nerve firing and that it will take some time before she is able to recognize sounds using her left ear. Over time my daughter will slowly be able to start understanding sounds with her left ear, her left ear will require some training and getting used to before my daughter would be able to hear spoken words and noises out of her left ear. The reason why it takes some getting used to, her brain isn’t used to getting messages from the left auditory nerve and that it will take her brain some time to get used to translating the messages. The messages sent from the auditory nerve to the brain are translated by her brain and her brain is able to figure out what sound she heard.
Her left ear is similar to a newborn baby’s hearing. They don’t know what they are hearing because their brain isn’t familiar with language yet. As a newborn grows up and is taught what sounds and words are, those sounds are stored in the brain. She will need continuous stimulation to her left ear so that she can train it to recognize sounds and words that she has heard before on her right side.
I can’t wait to share her continual improvement over the next few months, as she continues to work with the audiologist to adjust her hearing levels. In fact, she has to return to the audiologist in two weeks for another follow up. The audiologist will adjust her level of hearing in the left ear and see how she is doing with her left ear. I am so thankful for the gift of technology and that it has given my daughter the opportunity to hear. The look on her face was priceless when she was finally able to hear something with her left ear.
What medical technology are you impressed with?