When Charlie was diagnosed with a moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (fancy way of saying a moderate hearing loss in both ears that is permanent) when he was six weeks old, we were signed up for a program called California Children's Services. It is a wonderful program that pays for the medical expenses for children with certain medical conditions, deafness being one of them. We never had to pay a penny of any of Charlie's treatment for his hearing loss, including his fancy digital hearing aids that cost $1000 a piece. It is wonderful program--I highly recommend raising children in California for middle class folks. California really takes care of it's children.
Well, as I've written before, when Charlie was 15 months old his hearing loss appeared to have diminished. A second opinion revealed that he had totally normal hearing. We had a follow up appointment in October that again confirmed that Charlie's hearing is completely normal. It is very rare for the type of hearing loss Charlie had to get better. It has been suggested that in some children the auditory part of the brain needs a little time and experience to mature, and this may have been the case with Charlie. It may have been a true miracle. Either way, Charlie is incredible blessed to not have to deal with a hearing loss anymore (especially when he faces other challenges with language delay).
Anyway, today I received a letter in the mail from California Children's Services. The letter states the following (emphasis is my own):
The California Children's Services program is required to provide you with written notice when eligibility or services are DENIED. After reviewing all available information, the following determination was made.
According to our records, the previous hearing loss is no longer present and THIS CASE IS NOW CLOSED. ...
That's it! CASE CLOSED! It was so fun to get this letter today. I never thought I'd ever be glad to be denied coverage for anything! I am once again reminded to be thankful to God for giving Charlie the gift of full hearing!
Now we are just left with one problem... What in heck should we do with the super fancy, super expensive hearing aids we have just laying around in a drawer???