We had a visit to our friendly neighborhood audiologist today. She did a behavioral hearing test with Emma both with and without the BAHA (you know, the one where we sit in an eerily quiet room and she makes noise through speakers?).
With the BAHA, Emma responded to sounds all the way down to a pretty quiet decibel (I forget the number, but she was happy with it). Without her hearing aid, Emma responded to very little. Because this type of hearing aid is helping her so much, our aud. is pretty convinced that Emma's hearing loss is only conductive, which means that sound isn't getting into the ear but once it gets there the nerve and such are just fine. (if you know me in real life, I've probably accosted you with the suggestion that you try her hearing aid and you know what I mean:))
We took this as great news because, a) we actually got her to cooperate in a test in a way that gave us meaningful results, b) hearing more sounds everyday consistently is hopefully helping her development in this area and therefore her behavior was such that she could demonstrate that she was hearing by looking or quieting or whatever, and c) we still have hope that once Emma's ears are big enough we can get tubes in there and not deal with hearing aids after that!
Next I need to whine a minute about feeding. Her gums look awful and red and a little bloody from the two front teeth working their way through, so she is NOT a fan of me getting a spoon in her mouth right now. We were doing so well! I'm being persistent, trying at least 3 out of 4 meals every day, and actually she does really well if I give her a spoon with rice cereal on it and let her feed herself. It's messy, but food gets in! Wonder what OT will think of the plan?
Finally, her balance is getting so much better. She's still not sitting well enough that I could sit her on the floor and walk away, but she really enjoys practicing and she's getting close! And actually, she reached for Charlie's tractor today so I let her "stand" and explore that for awhile and I was able to let go of her for 10 seconds or so while she held on to the tractor and supported herself "standing"
Charlie seized his opportunity:
"Can she push me in the tractor?"
Charlie has been asking for Emma to ride his tractor with him ever since she came home from NICU ... she loved it ... really ...
we're potty training and he's decided he can just run to the bathroom and do it all himself: "I'll be right back, you stay here, Mommy"
No pants is really the best policy at the moment.