Thursday, January 17, 2008

Case Closed

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):

Dear Kimberly,

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.

Effective 1/16/2008

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???


Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Congratulations!!!!!! That's awesome news!!

~Melissa~ said...

What great news! Congratulations!

Laurie said...

Cool! Maybe now you can give those fancy hearing aids to a kid in another state or another country, who doesn't get the California benefits! Pass it on...

Tammy and Parker said...

I'm gonna go with true miracle on this one.....


Tammy and Parker

Tommy's mommy said...

What a rare letter and what a wonderful miracle!

Our son Tommy is 13 mos and has the same diagnosis since almost birth. We go back for another hearing eval on valentine's day so I'm keeping my prayer for a miracle.

MB said...

Here are 2 ideas for what you can do with those donated hearing aids that you cannot use!

Virginia Lions Clubs
Used hearing aids can be sent to:
Mike McLaughlin
8971 Colesbury Place
Fairfax, VA 22031

Florida Loaner Bank
If you or a family member has hearing aids that are not in use please consider donating them to the Children’s Hearing Help Fund Hearing Aid Loan Bank. Hearing aids that are appropriate for use by children will be repaired or reconditioned as needed and placed in the Hearing Aid Loan Bank inventory. If donated hearing aids are not repairable or are not appropriate for use by children, they may be salvaged in exchange for valuable repair services. Call 1-866-999-2443 or go online to request a donation mailing box and a postage-paid sticker. When your donation is received a letter will be sent to you verifying your donation of hearing
aid(s) to the Children’s Hearing Help Fund of Florida, a 501c3 organization.

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