February 19, 2009

Yellow Polka Dot

AUD $ 6,50= per pouch.
Clip or safetypin attatched.
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February 18, 2009

Purple Flowers

AUD $ 10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.

February 17, 2009

Yellow Swirls

AUD $10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.

February 16, 2009

Fairy Floss

AUD $ 10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.

February 15, 2009

Blue Flower



AUD $ 10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.
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Rusty



AUD $ 10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.
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Blue Zigzag




AUD $ 10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.
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Blue with flower



AUD $ 10,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.
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Dora

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AUD $ 10.,00= per pouch.
$15.00 per set of two.
Clip or safetypin attatched.

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February 14, 2009

February 10, 2009

Pros and Cons

PROS

  1. The processor will not fall off, less risk of losing it.


  2. The pouch prevents it from getting broken or scratched.


  3. It's more comfortable, no bulky unit on little ears.


  4. Great for active sports where, at ear level, it is likely to fall off.


  5. Opportunity for better speech development from having more continuous wear without inturruptions of on/off hearing all day.

  6. Able to play more vigorous activities whilst wearing the pouch. EG playing on the trampoline.
  7. Great colours to suit any childs tastes. They can also be made to match outfits or regularly worn clothes.
  8. Your child will love them.

CON

  1. For certain sports the processor will have to return to the ear. Eg gymnastics.
  2. The long cable could be a big investment.. But then, you might ask Lotte or Alyssa for a used one and try it out..

Quite obvious it is that I couldn't find much at all to put in the cons list. I only found this con out

when Alyssa had to go to gymnastics. Rolls and tumbling whilst the processor is on her shoulder and pressure on it may damage it.










February 07, 2009

Mothers Instinct


My daughter Alyssa was born pofoundly deaf in September 2002. I had suspected she couldn't hear at about six weeks of age. Her hearing wasn't tested until she was fourteen months old. When I shared my concerns with someone shortly after she was born I was given the old, "Dont worry, she is just a little baby" response. So for almost a year I tried to convince myself of that. But my 'mothers instincts' keep telling me differently. So Alyssa wasn't fitted with Hearing Aids till she was fifteen months old. That is a very long time, in a crucial time of her life, to have no hearing. My regret out of this is not that she is deaf but that I ignored my gut feeling. If I had followed those maternal Instincts Alyssa would have been fitted much earlier with Aids and recieve her Cochlear Implant earlier also. Nowdays if I am approached by a parent, concerned for their childs hearing, I tell them to follow their own instincts and not the advice of others.

Uniform Pouches


With a little Imagination, the pouches can be made to match any regularly worn outfit. This is a pouch I designed especially for Alyssa to wear with her school uniform.


School uniform Pouches.

When Alyssas teacher learned how she is wearing her speech processor she responded with some relief. Relief that she won't have to worry about keeping a close eye on Alyssa and losing the unit.
Now that Alyssa is in grade one there is less supervision of the children in the playground and the unit could quite possibly fall off in the sandpit below the climbing bars and get lost in the sand before Alyssa can get to it and retrieve it. When she was in prep school I would often find bits of sand in and around the coil and inside the snugfit earhook. Now we don't have this worry about. I have asked Alyssa on several afternoons how it went and did it fall off at all. She always responded with," No, not fall off. Good now". So I ask her, "Do you want to wear it on your ear tomorrow?" Her answer is always a scrunched up face followed by a big fat NO.


Pouch Clip

Clip on to a collar
This is a handy way to attach the
pouch to a shirt collar.
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Open Your Mind


I was a little skeptical about the shoulder worn approach when it was first suggested to me. Not because I thought it was a silly idea, but because Alyssa has never worn it anywhere else but on her ear. I had recieved negative resopnses from the hearing centre Alyssa attends. When I told them I wanted to try this, with apprehension, they sent out the 28cm cable required to apply this approach. While waiting for the cable to arrive, with an open mind, I began my mission to design the pouches. My feelings were mixed with excitement and uncertainty,not knowing if it was going to work well for Alyssa or if she would like wearing the processor elsewhere.

This is why !!

Alyssa has been wearing her Freedom speech processor on her shoulder now since January. Since this change we have seen a number of positive improvements with her and the processor. The most important and most drastic change is with Alyssas speech.
In only a month she has begun to develop her sentences all by herself, without prompting and pushing from me. The processor is always with her. It never falls off and if the coil comes off it doesn't go far and Alyssa will just pop it back on. When the processor was on her ear it would continuously fall off. Not just the coil but the whole unit. Because of this I would find Alyssa playing without her 'ear' on. This was so frequent that I believe it could be a contributing factor in Alyssas delayed speech development.
Alyssa has small soft ears and her processor doesn't seem to want to stay there. Even her hearing aid has to be taped back so it isn't flapping around. When she is running about or playing rough and her processor comes off, she doesn't bother picking it up and putting it back.
There are too many other fun things keeping her occupied that she forgets about it. Hearing or not. She loves jumping on the tramopline but could never wear her processor, for obvious reasons. Now it stays put even while on the tramp. In the pouch the processor is well protected and won't get scratched or damaged. It won't fall off, thus removing the worry of losing or breaking the unit.
In the two years Alyssa has had the freedom she has had to have it repaired or replaced numerous times, most recently at christmas time. Alyssa has gone through three new processors and several repairs of damaged units. Using the shoulder worn approach is going to diminish, if not eliminate, this disaster. The only regret that subsides in me now is that we didn't know about this earlier. Since hearing of the profound improvements, Alyssas therapist is very happy for her and that we have found a solution that works for us. We are now able to recieve the 28cm cables without being questioned about wanting such a long cable.

What You Need

So what is required for the processor pouch?
A long transmitting cable.
A speech processor.
A CI processor pouch.
clips. Safety pin.
That is all. The most important piece to aquire is the cable. obviously because there is not enough length in the shorter ones. I use the 28cm cables for Alyssa. It is always a good idea to try to always have a spare cable put away.

A New Friend For Lissy

Just recently Alyssa was able to meet the little girl of the parents who had introduced us to the shoulder worn via webcam. The girls live on opposite sides of the world. Her name is Lotte and she is also six. It was wonderful to see that even with the language barrier they were able to connect with each other and show off their favourite toys and drawings. After making several pouches for Lotte I boxed them up and Alyssa mailed them all the way to Norway. Lotte has always worn the pouches(bags) and her father suggested we try it after hearing about our disastrous journey with lost or damaged units. As I didn't have a pouch pattern available I had to design one myself. I sent completed pouches to Lotte to get feedback from her and her parents. Whether good or bad feedback, I have to know if improvments were needed. I see Lottes parents as the best people to recieve this feedback and advice from. After all it was their suggestion to give this a go.

February 06, 2009

This is the first completed pouch. At this stage there were still improvements being made to it. This is one of the longer CI pouches. It is designed to accommodate the Processor with an attached FM.
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Pouches for Lotte