Behind the scenes of CIHA: Meet the Amdisen family and learn our story
On the first of September 2014, we were delighted to welcome our baby girl, Alberte for the very first time. Only three days later, we arrived at the hospital for the mandatory hearing screening, expecting that everything was as it should be. It was not: Alberte did not pass the test and the conclusion was clear: her hearing was impaired in comparison with other children.
Multiple tests followed: how much or how little could she hear? We spent hours in soundproofed examination rooms, clinging to the hope that it was all a big mistake. But the results were clear: Alberte is severely hearing impaired.
Our thoughts immediately went in all kinds of directions and we felt it almost impossible to grasp the situation. Here we stood with our baby girl – exactly the same child as the day before and yet so different at the same time.
That day we were completely struck by lightning
We will never forget that day. We had to leave behind all the hopes and expectations we had as new parents and suddenly start creating new ones in a world we knew nothing about. The poem “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Pel Kingsly, describes these emotions so very well.
Alberte had regular hearing aids when she was just 8 weeks old. We faced endless challenges and Rikke sewed numerous head bands to keep the hearing aids in place and as comfortable to wear as possible. Nothing seemed to work at all: the main problem was, that the microphone invariably got blocked by the head band and therefore started beeping every time. We searched for a permanent solution but found nothing: it simply did not exist at the time.
Alberte had Cochlear Implant Surgery at the age of 11 months. Her hearing was so impaired, that these advanced implants were the only option to provide her with the clarity of sound, giving her a chance to understand speech and language in the future. Regular hearing aids could not help her in this regard. Still, we had the same problems with keeping the apparatus in place. Alberte´s little sister was born one and a half months after the operation. We knew, there was a risk that our second child would be hearing impaired too: it turned out, she was. However, this time we were more prepared to rise to the challenges ahead.
Hearing aids, cochlear implants and AVT have become a big part of our lives. They are the reason why we started CIHA and we are passionate about sharing our experience and knowledge.
We want to help small children (and their parents) with ways to keep the apparatus in place, thus allowing free and natural play and learning through Auditory Verbal Therapy sessions. (AVT).
We have developed a head band which reassures mum and dad because it keeps the implants securely in place behind the ears. This is especially important to us. Securing the implants behind the child´s ears is significant in ways of direction hearing, hopefully ensuring that children will not need the head band later in life.
We have developed a range of games and playing sessions, of course focusing on stimulating vocabulary and linguistic skills. We find it highly motivating that the games you play with your child makes sense in this direction and hope to inspire to many hours of playing and learning!
Having a child with a severe hearing impairment comes with a wide range of worries: it is our sincere hope to help parents in this situation and pass on our own experiences: that auditory and linguistic play can be both fun and educating at the same time! By following us at CIHA, you will never have to start from scratch: we have done the research and work for you.
Rikke, Jens, Alberte & Ella
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