After about a year of research and discussion and prayer, we have decided to move forward with a cochlear implant surgery for Gwyneth. While she only has moderate hearing loss in her left ear, she has all but complete hearing loss in her right ear. Because of her hearing loss, her speech is very delayed, and only those who spend a great deal of time with her are able to understand more than a few of her words.
Gwyneth will receive an implant only in her right ear and will continue to use her hearing aid in her left ear. The surgery is schedule for tomorrow, July 19, and about a month later we will return to the hospital to have the implant "activated".