Ava Pearson, 14 months old, can listen to bedtime stories and jiggle about to music thanks to the life-changing operation. She received first cochlear implant at 9 months and second cochlear implant at 12 months - Full article
So many people have no idea what is involved with a cochlear implant.
I have gotten pretty good at explaining it but this 4 minute movie may help some people... Like the lady staring at my daughter in the restaurant, or the people who say those are nice hair bows and wonder what is that device?
NBC.com has the full episode of Brick Reilly Episode NBC makes you watch some commercials but they separate into chapters and you can skip around. It is the May 26th episode the one with the ridiculous looking "Wolf" guy grimacing.
Besides the first ever Cochlear implant athlete on network TV there is a interesting dynamic in the episode between the female competitor De and her loving husband who is not pleased that his cocky wife couldn't win - 54:54 mark is the most telling moment.
Check out this still - I am sure the ride home was not a pleasant one.
The really remarkable thing was Brick Reilly dislocating his shoulder in the final gauntlet and continuing. That is mental toughness and I think most would have stopped. I can say I never have cared who wins on American Gladiator but when he hurt his shoulder I was like oh man can he hold him off? From Webmd Dislocated Shoulder I am sure they taped all the preliminary episodes to get the top 6? for the finals so I wonder if he had any time to recover and if they have already finished the show.
Lily could hear at the pool today and it was great!
What a difference. Instead of fighting me as she swims, I was giving her instructions in a non yelling voice- "like close your mouth", "use your arms", "open your eyes underwater", I will hold you up"...
Today I said "paddle like a dog" and she had never thought about dogs swimming I think but said "I am a puppy"
Without hearing, swimming with Lily is more like a contact sport were I think she thinks I am trying to tickle her or chase her. Without her implant she also thinks "I can do this myself" when she really can't swim yet. And yes because she can't hear she gets very loud.
This year is better than last because she is 42 inches tall (not yet four years old) and the pool is 3 and a half feet deep(42 inches).... So she has learned to bounce off the bottom. She is also very close to being able to actually dive and swim.
After 3 or 4 attempts in getting the speedo bathing cap on and holding the implant coil and processor in the right spot we were able to get the cap on properly. It did take my wife and I one to hold the magnet in place and one to get the cap on.
A ridiculous scene really.
I didn't get a lot of good photos because I was in the water with Lily, but I did get one of her waiting for "the bucket" which fills up and dumps ever 2 minutes.
The force of the water actually moved her cap (see photo) and the experiment was over... But if we had avoided the bucket everything would have continued to work.
This is great - awesome to see contender Brick with a cochlear implant. I guess he isn't wearing the implant under his helmet over the water. Maybe Cochlear can come up with a water proof version...(see Lily post) He was also being hit in the head by a 290 pound behemoth named "Justice" in the joust.
He is a tree climber and is dominating the other contestant. He even dislocated his shoulder and popped it back in and finished.
From his bio on NBC. Brick Reilly is a 27-year-old tree climber from Springfield, New Jersey. He was born deaf and has always deemed athletics an important escape from the realities of life. Though Reilly recently had a cochlear implant which gave him the ability to hear, he never used his disability as an excuse in his life. He works as a mentor for deaf children in the New Jersey area. http://www.americangladiatorsblog.com/contenders/season-2-contenders