Hear No Evil: Born Deaf

Hear No Evil: Born Deaf

Baby kisses for me, baby kisses for you!

I’m loving her starting to mimic! So far she shakes her head back and forth and now she is returning kisses. How lucky am I?! She amazes me ever day.

https://youtu.be/0xqzZTVydSA

Hear No Evil: Born Deaf

Hear No Evil: Born Deaf

Zoey is 5 months old today!

Yesterday she had her 4th audiology appointment at Dartmouth in Lebanon, NH. The results were the same as the prior tests…which was really no surprise.

The tests completed confirmed that she has very little hearing and that it will not “get better.” We also went through the options that are available to her, which are minimal due to her age and condition.

It didn’t take me long to agree with trying hearing aids. If they can help in any way, why not give them a try? Molds of her ears were completed and colors were picked out. I chose the strongest device available with the complete understanding that there may be very little improvement (if any at all) with her hearing.

I continue to practice ASL, I continue to research and find resources for learning and teaching. I want so desperately to be able to communicate and understand our new language, our new culture, our new world.

I feel so incredibly blessed to be Zoey’s mom. I can’t wait to experience this journey with her and the rest of our family. There are so many reasons why I am able to accept and embrace her diagnosis. So many reasons to not feel sorry for her or pity her or myself.

Zoey is my purpose. She is my miracle, my strength, my love, my life. She is beautiful and active and so incredibly happy! I am honored to be challenged in providing her with the best and happiest life possible.

Hear No Evil: Born Deaf

Hear No Evil: Born Deaf

Our 3 month old daughter has failed 3 hearing tests so far. 2 failed tests within her 2 first weeks of life, and 1 failed test just before reaching 3 months old.

After the first test, we were told that they issue may be fluid in her ears. I had a c-section and not a vaginal birth. So they figured the fluid just didn’t get pushed out as it would have with a vaginal birth.

Because our daughter was born 3 weeks early, she had some other difficulties. She needed oxygen soon after she was born. So she was taken to the hospital nursery.

She dropped 13% of her 6lb birthweight because she was tiring very quickly at the breast and bottle. So A tube was inserted through her nose and down into her stomach so that we could feed her whatever was left in her bottle.

After 2 weeks in the hospital, and finally gaining her birthweight back, she needed another hearing test before we could be discharged. She failed the second test just as the first. And again we were told that it may just be fluid in her ears. However, the 3rd test she recently failed showed no fluid in her ears. She will now need to go to Dartmouth in Lebanon for a 4th test.