Jon and I already went through the excruciating decision-making process whether or not Alexander should receive one or two implants. He uses his hearing aids well, but the question has always been,
"Will he do even better with 2 implants verses 1 implant and 1 hearing aid?"
We decided we would go with 2 implants.
And then we went back to the hospital for some final testing yesterday.....
One of the tests included a sound booth test. This is only his second booth test with hearing aids. He scored the same as when he did the first time, which is the good news. The consistency in his results put me in a tail spin. He is getting really good information through his hearing aids. Conversation level is usually around 50-60 dbi and Alexander is picking up noises in the 30's and 40's in the low tones.
It is plotted out on the audio gram below. He responds to noises at the line and below.
So after a long night of more research, calling and questioning every CI person I know, we decided to go with only one implant and we'll keep one ear with an aid and we will reevaluate in 6 months.
I feel really good about this decision. It is not cutting edge, but Alexander is fortunate enough to be apart of a small group that can get good information from his aids and be a candiadite for an implant.