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Drum roll…..

on March 13, 2012

Today was the big day! I woke up with a huge knot in my stomach because I really didn’t know what we would find out at his hearing test appointment. I could tell there was something wrong, but just didn’t know what it meant for the rest of his life, if anything. Check out these posts for the back story.

Over the last few days I did a TON of reading, including highly technical articles and medical conference presentations about infants and hearing tests. Clay did the same. I also read up on hearing aids, raising kids with hearing impairment, speech therapy and multitude of other topics. If we did discover George had hearing loss, I didn’t want to feel unprepared or caught off guard.

We made the poor ENT doctor sit with us for 30 minutes as we asked in-depth questions about ear anatomy, how the tests work (don’t spare the details) and next steps. When we started talking and using the big words she said, ‘uh-oh, you’ve been talking to Dr. Google’ but it was obvious that she appreciated our fervor in getting our son the best care.

The doc took a peek in his ears while he screamed his head off. Holding head still + no naps = unhappy. She saw fluid, as the earlier tympanometry tests suggested. We kept him awake as she went over all the possibilities with us, telling us that he will need tubes if the fluid doesn’t drain on its own. This will be done when he is a bit older, around 6-8 months.

When our question well ran dry, we moved to another room with the same audiologist we saw last visit. We really like her. She washed his head in several spots and he was NOT pleased, but he was so tired he nodded right off. She attached all the electrodes and got the test going…

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He did SO well and stayed in a nice deep sleep for the majority of the test. The test runs clicking sounds and then watches for brain wave response. He jumped and had a great response at the highest level–meaning he is not deaf. We breathed a sigh of relief, but then sucked it in again as she lowered the decibel level. It starts at 80 and works down to 20. She stopped getting a response with George at 30 or 40, which shows a mild/moderate hearing loss. However, because of the delay in brain wave response to the sounds, the results indicated that is almost certainly conductive loss NOT sensorineural (which is the permanent kind).

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He started to wake up a little so I held him and kissed him back to sleep.  He totally relaxed and finished the test. SUCH a good boy.

We are really happy with the results. He isn’t hearing well right now but we should be able to get this fixed well before he turns a year old. The audiologist also gave us a number for an educational audiologist that will tell us whether he needs hearing aids or therapy to get him through until the fluid drains or he gets tubes. Clay left her a message this afternoon. This is a crucial time for speech development so we are curious to see what she says!

We are talking to him at a higher volume now, so we look like we are yelling at our baby.

HEY!! GEORGE!! WE LOVE YOU!!

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3 responses to “Drum roll…..

  1. misty says:

    What a relief. I think I was holding my breath as I was reading this. I’m so impressed at how on top of this you guys are. George is lucky to have both of you. When it comes to tube time let’s talk. George gets the best baby award for going through this like a champ!

  2. Chris says:

    Prayers have been said since this journey started. They are being answered.

  3. Sara says:

    whoo, relief! praying for fluid drainage and optimal speech development!!!

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