Saturday, July 10, 2010

Carver donates his "ears"...


Carver started his hearing journey with Hearing Aids. We knew they wouldn't help him hear, but the medical world red tape makes you "try" hearing aids before you can be approved for Cochlear Implants. We have good insurance, therefore we got Oticon hearing aids at no cost out of pocket. This is a good brand of hearing aids and is designed to accommodate someone with profound hearing loss. Carver's hearing was beyond profound, he didn't even respond to 120db - this is equivalent to the sound of a Jet plane. Carver tried the hearing aids for 6 long wasted months. Then he received his first Cochlear Implant. Ten months later, he received his second Cochlear Implant. Once you receive a Cochlear Implant, there is no going back. There is no possible way to hear without a Cochlear Implant after you've been implanted. We were left with a very nice set of hearing aids. I put them away in a box as a "keepsake" - until I received an email from a mother looking for hearing aids for a darling 10 year old deaf girl named Galina from Belarus. This mother has been hosting Galina as part of the American Belarusian Relief Organization for the past 2 years, and is hosting her again this year. Galina's family isn't able to afford hearing aids. Galina is able to borrow hearing aids from her school during the school year, but is left with no hearing aids in the summer. So, we packed up Carver's hearing aids and shipped them to Galina. It feels good to be able to give someone the gift of hearing. I can't wait until Carver is able to understand what he has done for someone else. Galina was very excited to receive the gift. We truly hope she enjoys her new "ears".

Here's a picture of Galina....




5 comments:

Ellen said...

Hello! How absolutely wonderful that you were able to donate the hearing aid. I was sorry to hear about the rough start with Cochlear Implant, I had no idea that one could be contaminated—that seems beyond mind-boggling/awful. I hope the little guy heals quickly.

I will definitely be on the lookout for a Pony for you, and will post about it on my blog the next time I do a special-needs equipment giveaways, I can probably do it next week.

Anonymous said...

What an an awesome thing! I'm so glad she is able to use them and what a joy!
Love
Neva

Sherri said...

You guys are amazing! Carver will be very proud when he is older to know he has helped someone in need! Very cool!

I am Trish Marie said...

We donated Emmi's after she was implanted. One of the girl's gymnastics coaches first lost one of his hearing aids, then broke the other. He had no health insurance, and could not afford to replace/repair his. We gave him Emmi's . They were completely useless to us, and it felt great to be able to help someone out.

Kara Melissa said...

What a wonderful story!