I can’t believe he has been hearing now for almost 2 years! (I also can’t believe I have a three-year-old!) Time has zoomed by, but we have had already so many special moments of him hearing.
Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate his hearing birthday:
Making a yummy iced cake in the shape of a hearing aid or cochlear implant is a tasty and fun way to mark a hearing birthday!
For some inspiration, checkout Phonak’s Pinterest page, or from friends on social media.
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Teach your child to be proud of their hearing technology, by giving them the freedom to decorate them! Use stickers, washi-tape, nail stickers, or special, custom-designed stickers from Skinit, which fit Phonak Sky hearing aids perfectly.
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There are tons of inspirational ideas online and on Pinterest.
Share a moment in your year that has really made you appreciate your child getting their cochlear implant. For example, when they said a particular word or sentence that made you well up with tears, or when they heard something for the first time! You could share your story online in a social media post, or in a card or with family and friends.
Changing your profile picture to a significant picture of your little ones wearing their cochlear implants is a great way to mark their hearing birthday! You want them to be proud of their devices and everything it has done for them so showing them off to your friends and followers is a great way to do that.
Two years ago we handed you over to the incredible surgeons at Southampton hospital to have your magic ears implanted. The worst and best day of our lives. I will never forget the harrowing feeling of guilt I felt when I held you right after your operation. Seeing your little body so swollen and wrapped up in bandages hurt my heart like you would not believe. However just two days later you were happily jumping about in the ball pit at your little friends birthday 💪🏼 What a trooper. I hope that when you are old enough to understand, that you are thankful for what your mummy and daddy decided to do for you and you understand why you had to have surgery to be where you are now 💙
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Spend the day doing something you know your child hasn’t done before. For example, go to theatre or cinema, the zoo to listen to animals, an airport to watch planes or a train station to watch trains zoom past. Think of all the great places to hear new and exciting sounds.
Do you celebrate the day your child received their hearing aids or cochlear implants? I would love to hear about how you celebrate your “hearing birthday!” Let me know in the comments section!