For the most part, Ellie is not too bothered by her hearing aids. She sometimes likes to tug at them, but I just divert her attention to something else and she forgets about them again. In my last post, I mentioned that I thought she was responding to some loud noises. But since that first day, we haven't really seen many reactions....we've tried banging pots and pans, yelling her name, and making all kinds of loud noises. She just doesn't seem to react--it could be that she hears it very softly and doesn't really care since she isn't used to hearing anyways...I don't know??
On the other hand, we think she can hear her own voice. With her hearing aids in, she jabbers like crazy!!! And she jabbers loud!! We can hardly carry on a conversation. :) It's actually pretty funny!
We have a couple of appointments set up next week to tour potential schools for her--Shawnee Park and West Oakview. Shawnee Park has an Oral/Deaf program that does not incorporate sign language. West Oakview does incorporate sign language. We will be touring each school next week and as soon as we make our decision, we will start having someone come to our house about once a week to work with Ellie.