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Heather .. Patient Expert

Cincinnati, Ohio
I write a blog about the journey we're on raising our deaf toddler, Ethan. He has bilateral cochlear implants and hears fairly well with them, yet he is also apraxic and noverbal, so we are using sign language to communicate despite the fact that he hears. He was born with cytomegalovirus, which... Full Bio
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Ethan has ... by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ethan has blown our minds this year.  He’s doing really well academically, far exceeding reasonable expectations within a calendar year. He no longer requi ... Read on »
Boy on the Rise by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness The stars have certainly been aligning and shining on Ethan these past several months. He has made enormous progress in areas like academics, beh ... Read on »
Life with Dazzler by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Don't these two look like they belong together? Ethan was a bit afraid of her during training and we wondered how long it would take to see a bond form between them ... Read on »
Ethan and Dazzler by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is the first time that Ethan and Dazzler walked tethered together. As you can tell, it was pretty smooth and Ethan was walking with quite a bit of confidence and swag ... Read on »
Razzle Dazzle is in the House! by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Graduation Day! We just completed 11 days of training at 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio to get Ethan's new service dog. That handsome guy on the left is Ethan's da ... Read on »
Waiting for Dazzler by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Meet Dazzler! She's a chocolate lab born 9-1-2011 and she has been fostered by loving people at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as well as trained by the people at 4 Pa ... Read on »
Spring Boy by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is Ethan’s favorite time of year. He has never said so, but I can see how much he delights in being outside, exploring the yard, the blooms, and ... Read on »
Happy Hearing Boy by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ethan is so happy! He has only been hearing with his new ear for a few weeks and we've seen really exciting changes on a daily basis. After just one mapping session he ... Read on »
Ethan sings! by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Since having his new cochlear implant, not only is Ethan making many more attempts at speaking, he is also starting to sing! Here is a short clip of him singing ... Read on »
Big Boy Eyewear by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness For 6 years, Ethan has been wearing glasses that have earpieces that wrap around the back of his ears. They're a great option for active little boys, but the time has ... Read on »
New Year, New Ear! by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 2 days post surgery, eating a favorite snack If you've followed Ethan's story online or in person, then you realize that he has suffered for 2 years with a faulty imp ... Read on »
Ethan's First Vacation by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ethan at the beach with dad and mom Our little threesome reached a new milestone this summer, our first family vacation! We've been looking forward to Ethan's first t ... Read on »
He Hears! by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Wearing his left processor and hearing again! Heading out the door for school. Great news! Ethan is hearing again! He's not necessarily showing evidence of hearing ... Read on »
2010 - You won't really be missed. by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Every time I sit down to write an update here, I struggle because A.) There are so many things to say and I don't know where to begin and B.) Most of what is on my min ... Read on »
School Boy by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Walking into school on the first day of kindergarten. There's my 5 year old looking much more like a 15 year old as he struts his way into his new school for ... Read on »
Changing the Outcome by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is what I put over at Hopeful Parents this month. “Changing the Outcome” is the tagline that appears under the logo for our children’s hospita ... Read on »
Aloha! by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is Rich and I enjoying a relaxing morning in Honolulu, Hawaii. He had to go there for work and I tagged along compliments of frequent flyer mileage. You can't beat a ... Read on »
Finding Acceptance by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Whenever I discuss Ethan’s autism with friends and family, the conversation usually centers on how he is sleeping (or not), or what progress he is making in one of his ... Read on »
Ethan rocks. by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I just can't believe how big this kid is getting! He practically looks like a 10 year old in this shot and he's still a few months away from 5. We had the pl ... Read on »