I overheard a phone conversation between my daughter and my father earlier this week.
They talked about the latest movie she wants to see, her new toy, school and she gave him detailed instructions on how to play clumsy ninja, one of her favorite games.
The phone call lasted for a ½ hour.
She got off the phone and said “Mom, Opa says when I come visit we will go get ice cream”
As I responded to her I smiled.
I smiled because getting to go have ice cream with your Opa is pretty cool.
I smiled because that phone call lasted a ½ hour.
I smiled because up until this moment the most she had EVER talked on the phone was for a few minutes.
You see when you wear hearing aids as she does something like talking on a phone is not an easy task.
With a conventional phone, she wonders where the sound is coming from and how to hold the phone just right so she can hear and it still does not work great. Because of this after a minute or so of talking to someone, she would usually give up. We would use speaker phone which made it a bit easier as she didn’t have to try and figure out how to hold the phone. But it still wasn’t great.
We were recently given a new phone for a trial. A phone that connects wirelessly directly into her hearing aids and sends the signal directly to them so she can hear phone conversations.
So she can hear her Opa tell her that he will buy her ice cream.
So she can hear me when I call to say hi from work.
I am pretty sure that when she is older I won’t be smiling so much when she ties up the phone.
But for now, I am just going to enjoy this milestone and smile.
And go buy her one of these phones.