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    Post Advice from hearing handicapped mummies,? Also from full hearing mums could be great

    Hi everybody,I must say that this is my first post here.I am 33 weeks away from due date and I have been reading most of the threads about parenting tips and other concerns that I didn't ever considered before .My own concern is my own handicap, I have been half deaf since I was 4 years old and I obviously wear hearing aids. But it is during the night that I wouldn't use them because I would be sleeping in bed. I fear that I won't be awake when my baby needs it.I am happily married too, but to a FIFO husband. I have the luck of having him the first 6 weeks after DS is born but then I will be alone from time to time.Probably it is a little bit too early to worry about it, but my worst fear is to find him ill and not be able to quickly respond to his needs!So any input would be really appreciated, ta!Have a great night!
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    Hi dont know if i can be much help but i remember seeing something on tv where a couple were both profoundly deaf and they had kids. They used some sort of device that woke them when the kids needed them.
    Not sure where you would get things like this from maybe the deaf society could help you out!!

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    I might be saying something stupid and forgive me if its something stupid, however... Can you sleep with the hearing aide in? So the monitor can wake you?

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    Is co-sleeping or having bub next your bed an option? You might be able to feel them wake up then?

    I would also be contacting some sort of disability or hearing impaired services to hopefully point in the right direction.

    Something else, I'm sure that at least one deaf/hearing impaired mama somewhere in the world (most likely USA?) would have a blog about looking after a newborn when hearing impaired etc, so perhaps trying to find one and reading about their experiences would help as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by bressar View Post
    Hi dont know if i can be much help but i remember seeing something on tv where a couple were both profoundly deaf and they had kids. They used some sort of device that woke them when the kids needed them.
    Not sure where you would get things like this from maybe the deaf society could help you out!!
    I'm pretty sure it's a LotteryWest ad. They've got a buzzer thing that lives under their pillow that lets them know when their son is awake . Sorry, I know that's really vague, hopefully it'll give you something to go on

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    Hi I'm deaf to I have a special monitor system with buzzer that goes under my pillow. Its been fantastic even has a mobile buzzer you can clip onto your clothes to use during day. I can't remember name off top of my head but will put up link to the website in day time. Currently feeding Bubba two.

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    Hi, I am hearing impaired and my husband works away often. It was one of my big fears too. There are lots of options for hearing impaired monitors though they are not cheap! https://www.ezisound.com.au/catalog/baby-monitors has some good ones. You can also talk to your audiologist to see what they can suggest as they might be able to get things cheaper for you. I will be honest and say at first when my husband was away I struggled with being able to sleep and slept badly as I was afraid of not hearing my baby. My brother stayed with me sometimes early on which was a life saver. But in time I found I adjusted. I use a monitor that is a motorolla that lights up light a Christmas tree. I am very light sensitive and wake to it every time. Now my son is almost two and very early on he worked out by bashing the wall between our rooms was more effective than crying as its in my frequency! Funny little man! I am happy to answer questions anytime! All really exciting

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    I'm not hearing impaired but I think the monitor I have would be good as a non-vibrating monitor (sounds like you need one of those too). I have the Oricom sc700 video monitor. It has sound, video (that is sound activated) and lights that light up when there is noise (more lights = more noise). I can't see much when I have my glasses off, so I can't really see the lights (eg. in the shower or in bed), but the fact that the big screen comes on is an extra clue for me that I was really hearing bubs. It's good in bed at night when the lights are out cause the monitor comes on & I notice the change in the amount of light even I don't hear the sound (I sleep with an air con & fan on and they can be noisy!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twoalready View Post
    I might be saying something stupid and forgive me if its something stupid, however... Can you sleep with the hearing aide in? So the monitor can wake you?

    Hey twoalready, I can't sleep with mine on because they are uncomfortable and they give an awful feedback noise when I lie on them. Plus they are an aid not miracle hearing as you still rely on lips and visual cues.

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    http://www.wom.com.au/category.php?id=39

    This is the website and product I have. Its never failed to wake me up.

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