Monday, August 2, 2010

Audiogram


I have said before that my daughter has made amazing use of her implants. She has especially good use with her left one, which she has had since she was 12 months old. She had a booth test the other day, along with testing in noise. I don't have the noise test report back yet, but here is her audiogram. CL is her left cochlear implant hearing, and CR is her right cochlear implant hearing.

11 comments:

Elle said...

Her left is amazing! How did you get her audiologist to bump her up so high? Some of our audiologists are reluctant to get kids above 20 because then they might pick up minute background noise like papers rustling - which I don't think is great logic seeing as it gets them better access to speech sounds, but they do the programming not me.

K.L. said...

It is not so much that she was "bumped up". This map has not changed in years. Her brain is just getting better and better at understanding things, and the doctor sees no reason to change things since she is used to the program.

The doctor would not have put the settings there. She just hears better now with the same settings. Amazing.

Anne Marie said...

When did your daughter get her 2nd implant?

How old is she right now?

Thanks for sharing.

K.L. said...

She is 12 now, and got her second implant at 10 1/2. Her right cochlea is ossified, and only has a partial insertion. Frankly, nobody was sure her right implant would work at all. What is truly remarkable is that even though the right implant doesn't work very well by itself, when you look at her overall hearing, the right implant has had a huge benefit. After testing last year, her overall hearing went from 12% below "normal" in noise with just the left implant, to 6% below "normal" with both. That's a huge benefit. I can't wait to see her results from this year's tests.

Mary Shaddox said...

That is great. My son was implanted at 18 months of age and got his second at 4 1/2 years of age. He tests in teh 5-15 dB range in both ears. I think it is because he is now 10 and had them for so long and!

Anonymous said...

let us know how well she does in noise test. Because that always give deaf people the most problems, rather with CI or HA's in any type of db loss. The real world is full of noise.

Anne Marie said...

I am curious how is her speech comprehension without noise and with noise?

For me, this is what centers the definition of deafness, if one no longer has speech comprehension despite amount of hearing, s/he is deaf. As a researcher I rather to classify participants this way than how much they can hear.

K.L. said...

Speech comprehension is absolutely what should define how well the implants work. Her speech comprehension without noise is 100%. She hears just fine in the quiet, and has no problem talking on the phone using her left ear.

When we get the test results on how well she did in noise, I'll post that info as well. Last year she did way better than we thought she would, and with both implants was able to hear just 6% below what average hearing people can hear. We will see if she improves this year.

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g said...

I notice that it all depends on the audiologist. One will bump my son up and another will make a negative comment on that. Strange.
It's been over 11 years now of good stuff and bad stuff but the decision will NEVER be regretted.

monkeyDluffy said...

It was your audiogram posted on your blog that reminded me that I had a scanned file of my chart that I could post. I too like to see other people's charts - gives me a better understanding of how much loss that person is experiencing.


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