Today Lei and I went to the implant center for integrity testing, and although there was a lot to it – some crying, some coffee, a large cookie, a whole bunch of equipment and numerous attempts to reprogram – I’ll just say that it did not go well. Lei will need surgery to replace her implants.
The clinical specialist who attended us said she has never seen anything like this, and neither have any of her colleagues: Lei’s implants have both failed, at the same time but in different ways. There is no measurable evidence that they are malfunctioning. All the testing indicated that the implants are working perfectly. The equipment is working perfectly. But Lei hears static in one ear and the other ear cuts in and out constantly.
For some families who use sign, having a CI malfunction isn’t a huge deal. But it is for us. I’ve written in the past about Lei’s autistic-like traits and her difficulty maintaining eye contact. Her cochlear implants have been a huge blessing for our whole family. To have them both knocked out like this is devastating. It just hurts a lot today.