Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

Here are a couple of photos of me (preschool age, around 1990ish) wearing this..... FM system/auditory trainer/assistive listening device.  We were living in Winner, S.D. at the time.  Just thinking back on it, and having to wear that thing strapped to my chest, wow.  Sure is interesting to see how technology has changed since then, with hearing aids and FMs being much smaller and much more advanced now than they were then.

holding Pretty Baby.  Owner was a friend of my mom's and a florist, and I loved this bird.

at the pre-school demonstrating how my hearing devices work.
Here is even a short video footage.  My mom is checking the FM unit to see if it works.  Apparently I couldn't hear her at first!

I remember, when I first started at the Wyoming School for the Deaf, kindergartners wore the same system that I was using in the photos and video posted here (older students used a different system I think?).  I think it was by first grade when I (and the rest of the WSD students) wore the COMTEK FM units from then on, wearing fanny packs to hold the receivers.  Teachers would have a fanny pack or pouch to hold the transmitter.  Whew.