we went yesterday morning and got owen's new hearing aids. they're really pretty sharp looking. they also modified his ear piece so it's more open now. that way he can use some of the hearing he DOES have.
the audiologist showed us how to put them in his ears using her favorite "hold". we sit on the floor with owen in our lap, and then throw one of our legs over his lap. that way he's held in, but not bound up. she got one of his hearing aids in, and then had ryan and i instantly start playing with him with a toy car they had. whenever he tried grabbing at the hearing aid, she would push his hand towards his head so he couldn't rip them out, say "yup that's your hearing aid" and he'd let go because he couldn't get a grip on it. after a few minutes, she did the same thing with his other hearing aid. once he was distracted, he was fine. if he reached towards his hear and tried to grab, we'd push his hand towards his head, tell him that was his hearing aid, he'd let go, and we'd play with another toy.
after making some more adjustments, it was my turn to put them in. he fought me a lot harder, but we got them in. he left them in for another 15 mins, and then we had to leave.
the other thing she said was, don't end him having his hearing aids in with him pulling them out. if he pulls them out, you put them right back in, nad a few minutes later after he's forgotten them, you say "okay. all done with the hearing aids" and take them out. that way he never "wins" by taking them out. if anything, he'll just get more frustrated doing that because we have to wrestle them back in.
new tips and new hearing aids in hand, we tried it again this morning, and he left them in for about 30 mins before taking them out. we wrestled them back in, and he left them in another 20 mins. he actually heard the phone ring today. he was playing with his train on the floor with me when it rang. he popped up like a little prairie dog trying to see what was happening. it was so cool! when i took the hearing aids out, he fussed a little bit. imagine that!
i think we'll just do this every day and increase the time. i'm going to give the daycare provider the same advice.
so it's not his hearing, it's not the sounds, it's just a little boy approaching 2 years old who has decided he'll just start that power struggle stuff early.
but thank goodness he left them in!
thank you again for all of your support and kind words!
fingers crossed it'll happen again tomorrow!