I’ve posted under a different heading about my daughters hearing issues, but now I’m needing advice on Fm Systems. Here is a brief breakdown of our issues
My daughter is 5 and has had recurrent ear infections since she was born, were talking more than 20. She had her first set of tubes and adinoid out right before her 2nd birthday, then before her 4th birthday she had a second set of tubes put into place and her tonsils out. Since those tubes were put in, she has had 3 or so ear infections. We had an ABR done to rule out some other things. Her hearing is as follows, but keep in mind that anytime there is even a little bit of fluid present her hearing is affected:
250 30 40
500 25 25
1k 15 15
2k 15 10
4k 15 10
8k 20 20
[/INDENT][/INDENT]At this point we have come up with the possible diagnosis of CAPD, but she defiantly has a speech delay and expressive language disorder. She also has a very hard time distinguishing between words like drink-drank or fat-flat. It gets worse when there is a lot of background noise.
Anyways, she isn’t aided and so we ordered a Phonak Inspiro and one Isense micro. The audiologist said that since her ears are so small that getting two molded HA wouldn’t work because it would mute everything else. We talked about getting two Isense’s but she felt we should just start with one.
She is in a private school (montessori education) and will more than likely be there for the next couple of years. Team-teaching is the norm, which is where I run into a problem. I would love to mic all the teacher (4 total), so that she can interact equally with all of the teachers. Passing a mic is completely out of the question. Installing speakers for the whole class to benefit doesn’t really work either, there is lots of one on one and every time the teacher spoke to my daughter or another child would be broadcasted to the entire class, very disrupting for the 3 other teachers trying to communicate with the students they are working with. And yes, she needs it in the one-on-one, to drown out the background noise. What I ordered the other day will cost me $4k out of pocket, insurance won’t pay for it, heck, they won’t even pay for her speech therapy. From what the audiologist said, I can only mic the 3 other teachers if I buy 3 more inspiros at $2k EACH!!! There has got to be another way. Can I daisy chain systems? What about wireless mics going to one stationary receiver that then transmits it to some form of a BTE aid. The mics would only be used one at a time, but if two could talk at the same time, that would be great too. At this time the teacher will have to control everything as my daughter is two young to try and control anything.
Okay, that was long winded, but I need some help!