Where have we been?

Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been? 

Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point. 

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Our Cochlear Journey

Over the last few months we have written regularly about Leo’s Hearing Loss and his Assessment Process for Cochlear Implants at London’s St Thomas Hospital.

To say that this journey has been emotional is an understatement and it has also been stressful for Leo. It is a journey that has taken longer then we expected, however since we last wrote we have had some huge developments and his journey has moved forward significantly which has been a good yet stressful and emotional time.

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Protecting Your Hearing!

In conjunction with Action on Hearing Loss.

In life we all take our hearing for granted assuming that the hearing we have won’t deteriorate as we get older and to be honest we tend to have a habit of abusing our ears to an extent that it can and has caused hearing loss in people of all ages.

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Two Years of Hearing Aids

On this day two years ago Leo received his first pair of hearing aids.

Having been diagnosed with a hearing loss during his New Born Hearing Screening Test after they failed to get a result Leo was sent for further testing including a NBR which is a test they do when the child is asleep to see if they can get any feedback on his/her hearing.

Following the tests they did Leo’s audiologist sat down with Keighley and my Mother in Law and explained that he had a hearing loss and that he would need hearing aids. This was around Easter time two years ago.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years as so much has happened in that time including an MRI Scan, Genetic Testing and a referral to St Thomas Hospital for Cochlear Implant assessment after Leo had a further hearing loss in December last year.

In those two years we have had times when he has been great wearing his aids, he started off so well and then he figured out that he could remove them and either throw them or in a few cases feed them to the dog. Each and everytime his audiology team have just replaced them and we’ve moved on. We’ve had more molds then I can remember because Leo was growing so quickly as a baby he would need them redone every week. 

It’s been a tough journey the last two years and a steep learning curve but it’s also been an amazing one as we have a learnt a lot. We’ve also watched Oliver learn to watch out for his brothers hearing aids as well as his brother when they are out playing. Both the boys have learnt some basic sign language and that is continuing and it’s amazing to see how well they both adapt to the situations we have thrown at us.

I’m gonna leave this Post with the video of Leo getting his hearing aids for the first time and having them switched on. To me it’s still as amazing now as it was then.

 

Everyday Difficulties for Deaf People

I found this image on the Action for Hearing Loss website. Living with Keighley and experiencing her difficulties either on a daily basis when we watch TV and the subtitles either cut out half way through a show we are watching or the channel that has a show we are interested in just doesn’t even bother with subtitles and also when we go to London and almost all trains now have a announcement when you are approaching a station and Keighley can’t hear it, I feel they have hit these problems on the head and they need to be dealt with. The subtitles on TV are being campaigned about as I type this and a posy I have written on the subject is available here

For more information on Action for Hearing Loss Click here

 

Top Tips on Deaf Awareness from Action on Hearing Loss

 

I found this image on the Action on Hearing Loss website and thought it would be great to share. The points listed below are so true and will help a person with hearing loss feel so much more at ease when they are interacting in a group situation or one on one.

For more information on their work visit the Action on Hearing Loss website here