Lucas's trip with his daddy to CHOP today was welcomingly uneventful. There's no sign of fluid in his left ear, and no indication that his branchial cleft cyst has returned. Dr. K. would like to see him back in a year, unless we have concerns. We are beyond thankful for this news, and that we are able to avoid surgery for our little Lucas.
Lucas was born with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss to two hearing parents. He wore hearing aids starting at 3 months, but he got no benefit from them, as we soon found out. He received a cochlear implant in his right ear 3 days after his first birthday. His second ear was implanted 1 month before his third birthday. Cochlear implants have changed Lucas's life immensely. This site was developed to chronicle his life and progress learning to listen and speak!