Today is Jazzie's Hearing Birthday. Eight years ago, her first cochlear implant was activated and Jazzie heard her very first sound. She has come a long way since then. We've seen her go from a 16 month old girl with absolutely no speech or hearing abilities, to a normal, almost tween (!!!!), girl.
I've used every adjectiev imaginable to describe Jazzie's journey: amazing, miraculous, astounding, unbelievable... But none of them truly capture how I feel. My deaf daughter is talking just like any other girl her age and can hear within normal limits with her cochlear implants. People that just meet her, have no clue she is deaf. Jazzie, truly is amazing.
January 3, 2004 - The audiologist is getting everything in place before turning on the device:
Her very first sound ever:
When Jazzie first got her cochlear implant, the processor was so much larger than it is now. She actually carried it on her back in a harness for a long time.
You can see how large her backpack was in this picture. When Jazzie first got her device, they didn't have a black magnet for her, so she wore a brown one until the black one was back in stock. The magnet is so visible not only because it's brown, but because Jazzie's hair hadn't grown back yet.
Jazzie certainly has come a long way, but so has the cochlear implant processor. She no longer wears her processor on her back, the entire device now fits snugly behind her ear (like a large hearing aid). Jazzie actually wears an older model; the newer ones are even smaller than what she has now. We will probably upgrade to those in a few years when we are eligible for the upgrade and our insurance will cover them ;-)
To celebrate, I had brownies waiting for Jazzie when she got home from school.