Location: Des Moines, Washington, United States

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Third Mapping

Rachel had her third mapping session yesterday. They are kind of boring and tiring for her, but she is doing well. She was able to tolerate the activation of the lower electrode array, and that is a good thing. She got dizzy briefly, but it went away, and now she says it is fine. Adding the lower electrodes will widen her pitch range, and make it easier for her to understand lower frequency tones. Here is a booth test of her right ear, before the lower electrodes were activated.
The shaded area is what is generally considered the speech banana; the area of sound that most speech falls into. While Rachel cannot yet distinguish words with her right ear, the sound is now coming in well enough for her brain to have something to work with. She starts speech/language therapy for her right ear tomorrow.


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