Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Malfunction

Before I begin, I must admit that I've been in a terrible mood for the last three weeks. Like most Pittsburghers, I blame the weather. The weather has been terrible. We've had snow, cold, more snow, more cold. March 20th came and there was no spring, but two thirds of the family is showing spring allergy symptoms. 

So I'm not in a good mood.

This makes it harder to deal with a certain pair of Phonak Naida hearing aids that have been having intermittent failures. This pair has always done strange things. Julia has complained about them playing music (a phenomena I observed to be a series of beeps that made a musical tone lasting about three seconds), having a lot of static, and making noises when touched or bumped. Intermittent problems are difficult. Will it act up for the audiologist? Is it worth the trip? As a family, we narrowed it down to the FM boot. The aids never act up when the boot is not attached. The problems last only a few minutes. There are long periods of time when everything is fine.

We finally headed to the audiologist when our stockpile of ear mold tubing and those little foam microphone covers ran out. The audiologist gave us new FM boots in case a bad contact was causing the problem.

With the new boots, there hasn't been any static or musical beeping. Now the right aid just turns completely off. This does not make me happy.

Twice, the right hearing aid has spontaneously gone completely dead. Both times we changed the battery and everything resumed normal function. Since the right aid is still having problems with a new boot, the hearing aid will have to be sent away to be diagnosed and fixed.

Julia being without a hearing aid is one of my worst fears. She has her old brown eXtra hearing aids, but they don't sound as good as the Naidas. During the musical beeping phase, I had Julia wear one old hearing aid so I could keep the Naida home in it's drying case. She ripped the old aid out as soon as she got to school.

There are forty days of school left and I can't decide whether it would be better to hobble through with the Naida or make her suffer the eXtra. Julia is eight, so maybe I should just leave it up to her. As of this morning, she didn't know what to do either.

The sun is shining today and after a brisk 15 degree start, the temperature is supposed to "skyrocket." Spring is here along with allergy medication and hopefully improved mood and decision making skills. Maybe even reliable hearing aids. Hopefully.

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