Hearing Aids and Future Therapy

Beautiful Dima had a consultation for the next steps to address her hearing problems. She came with two other families who were having echos, so we all waited together on the cardiac floor; it was so great because I got to spend time with just Dima today, which I hadn’t before. She was so adventurous (and maybe a little bit of a rebel) as she climbed all over the train play area of the waiting room. At one point she was sitting in her stroller and managed to wiggle down from the seat to the ground to get out of it, so she could go back to playing! After two hours of waiting Dima, her mum, and I set out for the E.N.T building. It was a really good time for the appointment because it wasn’t too busy, so we didn’t have to wait too long.

When the doctor called us in, he went straight to the point: she needs a set of very high quality hearing aids. In her left ear they will be able to help, but in her right side, they won’t be of much assistance because there is severe hearing impairment on that side. He went on to stress the importance of rehabilitation. He likened the hearing aids to a car: you don’t buy a car and then never bring it into the garage for maintenance, right? The same goes for the hearing aids. It’s not a quick fix solution and she will need to be continually trained in a center that will help her learn. Medically, this is a straightforward case.  What complicates it is the outside factors: Dima’s mum wants to have everything done in Israel, but there is an organisation that works in Kurdistan that would be able to help. And since the follow up rehab will be a continuous process there may be wisdom having everything in Kurdistan. One of the doctors drafted a letter explaining everything about Dima’s case, so that if we go to Kurdistan for the hearing aids and rehab, then any basic ear doctor will be able to see what she needs and help her. Please pray that the Lord will lead and guide all the decisions being made. And may He bring peace to Dima’s mum, who is quite sad because she doesn’t trust anything medical in Kurdistan.