Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Failed a hearing screening

For the past few weeks I have been noticing my son is not hearing everything I say. I wondered many times if he was just using that all so powerful male selective hearing. If I was in the other room and said something to him in a normal tone of voice, it was a hit or miss if he responded to me.

I posted a question on a local mommies board that I belong to asking for recommendations on a doctor the specializes in pediatric hearing. I definitely do not want to take my child to just anyone, I want someone good.

That same day I was a bit rushed when dropping off Zack. I planned to ask his teacher if she has noticed any problems. I never had the chance to ask her. The following day when I went into the class to pick Zack up, the teacher pulled a note out of his folder and handed it to me. As I was opening it she explained to me her supervisor was going through the records of the students and Zack was up for a hearing screening. They screened him that afternoon and he failed the screening.

The speech/language teacher was just leaving the room and came over to talk with me. He failed in both ears. He failed to hear both the highest and lowest sounds. I let her know Kris and I were just discussing taking him to the doctor the day before.

She is going to test him again in two weeks. If he fails again then the audiologist for the school system will be contacted and we can take it from there or we can go elsewhere. I told her I would talk with Kris and see if we wanted to take him to the pediatrician before the next screening. So I made an appointment with the pediatrician. I am praying it is something as simple as a wax build-up in his ears. I do not want to take any chances with my childs hearing. After all this is the child that would wake up at the slightest sound while he was sleeping. No matter where he was in the house, he would hear me open the refrigerator and ask what I was eating. He did not miss a thing.

He had his hearing checked twice as a toddler, not because he was having problems hearing but because he was not talking and it was part of the therapy he received. There were no problems with his hearing then.

I hate having to wait for the appointment. In the mean time I will just pray there is nothing seriously wrong with his hearing.


Kristin said...

I will join you in praying that things turn out fine. Please keep me posted!

Kevin Mart said...

Absolutely painless hearing screening along with vision screening is carried out in order to check the strength & weaknesses of your ears and eyes respectively.