The electrodes convert what she is hearing with her device and the device translates it. Once the device translates it, it then sends the electrical signal down the electrode to the auditory nerve. Then the auditory nerve sends the signal to the brain. This allows my daughter to have the ability to hear, it is amazing that technology can help those who lost their hearing or are born deaf. My daughter doesn’t hear sounds the way we do; in fact, when the audiologist explained it to me 12 years ago she said that it often sounds similar to Mickey Mouse’s voice. However, my daughter doesn’t know the difference since she was born without any residual hearing. People who have lost their hearing later in life explained the difference in way that they hear sounds with the cochlear implant to the audiologist.
We opted for today’s surgery because my daughter was having a difficult time hearing when there is a bunch of background noise while trying to have a conversation with her. She also seems to struggle when she was riding in the car. She will begin driving soon and we wanted to make sure that she was able to hear the traffic around her. Plus, we wanted to give her the best opportunity to when she starts her career path after she graduates from high school.
I am excited that she had the opportunity to be able to have surgery to correct the hearing loss has in her left ear. The doctor said that she did great today and that her surgery went well. It was very hard seeing her after her surgery because she was in pain. We got home a few hours ago and she is resting. Once we got home, she seemed in good spirits and she is snuggling with her puppy.
I can’t wait to see her reaction to being able to hear in her left ear in a few weeks.
Has your child ever had surgery? How did you handle seeing your child in pain?