We have ACTIVATION!!!! *pictures*

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We have ACTIVATION!!!! *pictures*

WOOHOOO!!!!! I am sooo beyond excited today! Lucas got his Cochlear Implant activated this morning, and it went great! We had a lot of people come to watch! My Dad, both sisters and my BIL as well as Norman and I were there. Unfortunately my Mom couldn't get out of work. My BIL is a professional videographer- and he took some amazing footage of the whole thing with his fancy HD camera- which I'll show you once he edits it! Smile

It was a really interesting process! The audiologist first had to set thresholds for some of the electrodes. There are 22 electrodes, and she has to activate each one. Every time she does it, she looks for a response from Lucas to make sure he heard it, and it wasn't too loud. They start him off pretty soft. They generally set 5 electrodes the first session with one year olds because of their age. She was able to set 9 for Lucas today! They used visual response testing to determine if he was hearing the tones and beeps (he couldn't hear us at this point, just the computer). He is really good at that, and it was great to see him whip around to each sound she presented. Then she turned the implant on so he could hear everything and it was very anticlimatic! Lol But, much better that, than him freaking out. He's been hearing with his hearing aids since 5 months old, so hearing sounds wasn't anything new. Apparently the sounds he heard weren't enough for him to be concerned either- so that was great!

She set 4 "maps" for him, each map is louder than the next. We can switch to different maps as it seems he's tolerating the quieter ones. He's already on map 2, and doing fantastic! I think he's used to a lot more sound from his hearing aids, so even though this is different, it's not too much for him. He doesn't understand much of what he's hearing right now since it's so different, and there are still 13 electrodes that need to be turned on, but he's definitely already detecting sound.

He was SUCH a trooper throughout the entire process. It took about two hours start to finish. We also had to go over all the different equipment (there's a LOT) and how it all works, so that took some time. He had a blast playing with all the toys and being a ham! He was so funny when she first put the magnet on his head, he kept shaking it to try to get it off! Smile He's actually been REALLY good so far about not messing with it. Hopefully that continues!

We go back July 19th for another mapping, where more electrodes will be turned on, and he will get some louder maps. I am so thrilled that we are finally at the part in this journey where I can be EXCITED to go down to Boston. I've been excited for the other appointments, but there were always some worries too. I was practically jumping out of my seat today waiting for them to turn it on! It feels so good to know that we were able to give him this gift. We are still learning sign language (and are pretty darn good at it now!)- since he is deaf, and that's a huge part of him, but that won't define who he is.

I am so excited to share this next chapter with you guys. I look forward to posting videos of him listening and speaking like all the other wondeful moonbeams here! Thank you all so much for your support and love for Lucas, it means so much!

Here are some pictures from today! We didn't get a ton because it was too exciting, but you can see his fancy new gear! As soon as I get the video I will be sure to post it!!


Activating the electrodes!


Implant on and working! As you can see by my sister's face, it was an exciting day! Smile


Good shot of the whole thing. The coil has a magnet that keeps it attached to his head, and it communicates with the magnet and microchip inside his head. The "hearing aid" piece outside is the processor! Such advance technology in such a tiny package! Smile

reeveslady's picture
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Sounds like things went fantastic! I'm very happy that technology has advanced so much that this stuff is able to help him to hear Biggrin Complete n00b question, does it come off at night? I hope he gets used to it so he doesn't try to pull it off.

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That's so amazing Tonya! I am so happy for you all! Can't wait to see the video Smile

Kayla1981's picture
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Thank you for sharing all of this with us. Biggrin What an amazing journey you all have been on already. Isn't it funny how sometimes things can go from being a disappointment (for lack of a better word) to bringing joy? Just seeing him have the gift of hearing must be so wonderful! Happy to hear things are going so well.

Marite13's picture
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Wonderful news!!!! So happy for all of you- especially Lucas! Smile

mlark1128's picture
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That is so remarkable!! You guys should be so proud--for how far Lucas has come, and of your dedication to him and getting the best services possible! I'm so impressed with all of you! Smile

mom22sofar's picture
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that is so awesome! keep us posted on how things are going.

JenH's picture
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Neato!!! Dirol

belindab's picture
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How awesome!! What a huge milestone for him!

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Amazing and wonderful and fabulous!!!