Alexander is a bimodal user.
He wears an implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other. He has always responded to noise with his hearing aids, but it was never good enough noise to grasp speech and language. He needed an implant for that. When going into his surgery last December he was approved for two implants but it still did not mean that 2 implants would be best for him. So we went with one giving him the chance to hear with both hearing devices with the hope that they would compliment each other to understand language and environmental noises around him.
He embraced both devices at first, but over the past 3 months I have noticed that he prefers his implant over his hearing aid. When he wears his aid he ignores the noise around him, it is only when I connect his CI that he will respond to simple questions such as, “what does an airplane say?”
He doesn’t refuse to wear his aid, so I know he doesn’t hate the noise, but is it as beneficial as I originally thought it was?
He is a candidate for a 2nd CI. I am told that he will eventually get one on his left ear anyway. Is now the right time to go for it? Or do I wait and let him enjoy noises from both worlds a little longer?