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Drew's Dad . Patient Expert

Columbus, Ohio
I am the father of Drew, a boy who was born profoundly deaf in both ears. He received simultaneous, bilateral cochlear implants at 8 months of age in September 2007. Our blog is our record of our family's immersion and interaction within the world of deafness. We hope that it helps others find... Full Bio
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Amusement Parks, Roller Coasters and Cochlear Implants, Oh My! by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Drew has always been a bit of a dare-devil, much more so than his sister. He loves roller coasters, and now that he is over 48" tall, he is finally able to ride some pretty ... Read on »
Drew's Kindergarten Grade Card by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Kids with cochlear implants can't talk, read, or write? Maybe they're too busy singing! Read on »
Language Arts Skills - Kindergarten by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It's hard to believe, but Drew is half way through Kindergarten! He's enjoyed making new friends this year, but mostly I think he enjoys being at the same school as his sist ... Read on »
He's Off! by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness School has been underway for nearly two months, and I'm happy to report that Drew is doing very well in the mainstream setting. Other than a couple of issues getting his tea ... Read on »
Inspire by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This past weekend, over 18,000 athletes ran though the streets of downtown Columbus, competing in The Columbus Marathon . This year the marathon raised over $875,000 for Nat ... Read on »
IEP Meeting by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As we transition to Kindergarten, it is time once again for a multi-factored evaluation and writing of a school-age IEP. I'll share the details of that with you soon, as eve ... Read on »
Cochlear Implant "Booth" Testing by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We recently had a mapping appointment for Drew's cochlear implants. At nearly five years post implant, we see Drew's audiologist about every six months, just to make sure th ... Read on »
School Age Transition by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I opened my email last night to find one from my Mother-in-Law. It said, "I always check Turn On My Ears, hoping for an update on Drew. No luck. Should I stop checking?" ... Read on »
Five Years by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Five years ago yesterday we learned of Drew's hearing loss. Yesterday, we didn't even remember. Not a clue that it was the anniversary of his hearing loss. Drew went to the ... Read on »
Padawan Drew by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We've been busy celebrating Drew's 5th Birthday! It's hard to believe that our little boy is now five years old. We celebrated with a family trip to Disney World - even the ... Read on »
Alter Ego by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Drew really enjoys dressing up as Superheros. He asks nearly every night to watch an episode of Spiderman or Batman "on demand." He uses his imagination to play with his Bat ... Read on »
And He's Off! by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Drew happily ran to the bus on Wednesday, off for his first day of his last year of preschool. I can't believe that this little boy will turn five years old in just under on ... Read on »
Four Years by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We awoke on a beautiful, sunny morning four years ago today, knowing that our son would hear his very first sounds at his cochlear implant activation that day. We knew that ... Read on »
Year End Report by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We recently had a meeting with Drew's teacher to discuss his performance this year. Overall, we were really pleased with his evaluation. Strengths: Drew has strong pa ... Read on »
T-Ball Helmets, Meet Cochlear Implants by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Drew's t-ball season is in full swing, and our quest to find a batting helmet that will work with his cochlear implants has finally ended! It was very difficult to find a he ... Read on »
New Sounds by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As we sat in a restaurant on Sunday afternoon, eating our lunch, Drew leaned over to his Daddy and said, "What's that sound?" After pausing for a moment, we realized that Dr ... Read on »
Green Beer Day for Me! St. Patty's Day for Toddlers! by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In what seems to be my distant past, St. Patty's Day meant one thing - Green Beer! Nowadays, it is a day to play silly leprechaun tricks on my kids and make crazy Irish insp ... Read on »
Dinsey World with Toddlers by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Wow! It's hard to believe that our first trip to Disney World was nearly one year ago! We had such a wonderful time at the most magical place on Earth. Since our return I ha ... Read on »
Drew Update by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness There are so many times throughout my day where I stop and think, hey, that would make a great blog post! Then, when I actually have a spare moment at the end of my day to a ... Read on »