Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Learning Your Child is Hearing Impaired Part II
The bad news is that it's not as simple as fluid in the ears and a quick surgery to have tubes put in to correct her hearing. We learned she has mild to moderate hearing loss in her right ear and moderate to severe hearing loss in her left ear. She can hear things best at mid pitch. Low pitched things are sometimes heard, and high pitched things are generally not heard at all. It makes us wonder how Peanut has any conversations with Bright Eyes considering the high pitch of Peanut's voice. Just kidding, but she does talk very high. I'll have to interview them one day and post it.
The good news is that this hearing loss can be solved. She might never hear without the help of some type of device, but that's the great thing about technology today, she will be able to hear.
After our visit with the audiologist and the specialist, we scooted over to the hospital to have her give blood, so that she can have a CT scan. It is hoped that this scan will give us further insight into Bright Eyes's inability to hear well, and rule out any disease that may be affecting her hearing. The doctor says that he highly doubts any disease will have caused, or is causing the damage as typically when a child is this young, they were born with hearing issues.
In the meantime, we make small adjustments to enable her to hear and understand what is going on as much as possible. The children get new seating arrangements tomorrow at school and Bright Eyes will sit in the front row with her right ear facing the teacher instead of her more impaired deaf ear. Tennis balls are being applied to the desks and chairs in the classroom. We all speak louder and more slowly when addressing Bright Eyes and we make sure we've made eye contact so that she knows we are talking to her.
I need to go over the list again of the other things to do that are helpful to her as I know I've forgotten some again.
Stay tuned for part three to this story, coming soon :o)!