but since using the system in the classroom she has improved her speech dramatically. She has some educational delays because she missed out on learning basics for a couple of years and I am trying to do what is best to get her caught up. It's hard to explain her educational challenges, but trust me when I say she can be not just caught up to her age level, but maybe higher. She learns so fast it's amazing, but because we didn't realize her hearing was so bad (prior to receiving tubes she had almost no hearing at all) she is missing the fundamental skills to apply what she is learning.
Also, because of the unilateral hearing, she can hear very well, but not directionally and gets turned around/lost easily. I considered buying the system because of the vacations & activities we have planned for the summer which would likely include large crowds and lots of noise. I would not have used it in the home. SHe actually rarely wears the aid at home - I let her decide if she wants to or not - because she can hear well in situations with close conversation and little background noise.
Yes, but are those educational delays due to being HOH? One thing I would do is maybe contact your state's School for the Deaf, and get a honest to god professional opinon on your daughter's functioning. She's missing the fundamental skills to apply what she is learning? Where did you get that? The pamphelt on How Important Early Intervention Is Otherwise Kids Will Not Be Able To Function As Hearing 100%?
Kids can and do adapt easily to not being able to hear. Being dhh DOES NOT cause cognitive delays or missing of "fundamental skills to apply what she is learning" You're looking at it from a hearing perspective... you're thinking " she's hearing impaired and missing out on stuff" You're not realizing that she can learn skills and ways to compensate for reduced hearing....capitilize on that, and she'll do AWESOME..... don't worry about the reduced hearing...Work on it as an additional skill, and give her alternative skills to compensate as well. Your daughter can suceed WITHOUT being 100% auditory.