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- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
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- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I Want My Sister!
I want was driving to Dennis's softball game, when Nolan suddenly shouted from the backseat:
"I want my SISTER!"
Considering that Nolan doesn't have a sister, this was a rather unusual request.
After some considerable questioning, we determined that his "sister" was not a girl, was not a friend, and was not a human child.
He finally clarified,
"I want my sister so I can hear!"
Oh. He wanted his system. His FM system. Wow - that's a first!
The new settings on his FM system are fabulous. I do have to listen to the aids to verify they're set to the right program, but once it is set, he loves it. I didn't realize how often I was tapping him on the shoulder to get him to face me, or shouting over the front seat of the car to the back seat. He used to repeat the same questions endlessly in the car, because he couldn't hear the answer until we screamed it to him. With the FM system, that issue has disappeared.
He wore it to the zoo, he wore it to his last day of preschool, and he wore it to the amusement park yesterday morning. It is simply brilliant. He can hear everyone else, but he can hear me at a slightly higher volume than everyone else. He can also hear me over distance, which is amazing. Normally he can't hear when he gets about 10 feet away in an outdoor environment, even with aids on. With the FM system, distance is not an issue. It was awesome to call to him as he was running the wrong direction in the crowded amusement park, and have him hear me calling to him to stop running.
We plan on using it at his first soccer practice this morning. Hopefully the rain will hold off long enough to let the kids play soccer!