I'm so done with all of this! I received a call from the audiologist yesterday stating that the team of audiologists at UCLA have decided that they are not going to submit to insurance to do the second implant. I was shocked. I didn't understand why we didn't have a say in the matter, especially when, according to his latest audiogram, he really could go either way with getting the surgery done. When I asked why they decided not to go ahead with it she said it was because they believed he would not benefit from the second Implant...WHAT? That makes no sense, of course he would benefit from it. Right now the sole purpose of having just a hearing aid in that ear is to help with localization and to help with what is called the "cocktail setting" (meaning, being able to focus on a conversation and localize in a crowded/noisy environment, like a cocktail party). I witnessed Logan in that type of situation just last week and he wasn't hearing a thing. I was a foot away from him and he couldn't hear me call his name. I feel like I need to try to appeal this, seeing him at home, I know that he needs more.
When Logan had first lost the remaining of his hearing, at 18 months old, I tried and tried to convince the doctors that he had become worse. It took them a year to even consider that that could have happened. Looking back now I wished I had done more, been more persistent, been more demanding. I feel like Logan missed out on a crucial time for language development because I wasn't "mean" enough. Because of this, I feel like this time I need to go with my gut and get done what I feel my son needs.
I'm not sure how to do this, or if I even can. I thought I was going to have to convince the insurance company to do this, not my audiologist. I feel as though I am up against a wall.