Three years ago on this day, Jazzie had her second cochlear implant surgery. She was so nervous and scared (as was I), but we also knew that being able to hear in her other ear would be so beneficial... It certainly wasn't easy when she first woke up and there was some temporary paralysis on the left side of her face. It's still hard to see her this way:
But Jazzie bounced back quickly, and by the following day she was almost back to feeling normal. She had a hard time getting used to her second cochlear implant at first. She hated wearing it, because nothing sounded clear and she simply could not make sense of any sounds. However, over time she has learned to accept it. I won't say that she loves it, because if it was up to her she would just wear her first one. She still says it "buzzes" when she first puts it on, but after a few minutes that goes away. She can hear SO much better when she is wearing both processors and her ability to localize sounds has improved tenfold. To this day her right ear is her dominant one and probably always will be, but the two cochlear implants together work amazingly well.
Last week Jazzie was at the orthodontis and needed to have an x-ray taken. I think it's so cool how you can see her cochlear implants:
It still amazes me how Jazzie is not able to hear ONE SINGLE THING without her processors, but as soon as she puts them on her head and they make contact with the things implanted in her head, she can hear.
Medical technology is awesome.