What Is The Possibility That My 5 Week Old Son Will Pass His 4th Hearing Test?

Question by K-Staggs: What Is The Possibility That My 5 Week Old Son Will Pass His 4th Hearing Test?
Since he was born he kept on failin his hearing test..the dr said not to worry that there might be fluid still in his ears but im thinkin by now it should already be gone. i went to the dr yesterday for his 3rd test and he failed it. Im worried about him extremely… is there a possibility that he will eventually be able to hear perfectly?
The testin they have been doin is puttin tiny ear phones in his ears…

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Answer by Shє’s мч wσяℓd ♡ 7209
Being a mother, I would def be concerned. There are only a certain number of times I’ll learn that my child has failed a hearing test (or something else) before I see a specialist. I would not be able to continue to hear the same lame ol’ excuse “He may still have fluid in his ears.” How would you go about finding out for sure? Seeing a specialist.

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One Response to “What Is The Possibility That My 5 Week Old Son Will Pass His 4th Hearing Test?”

  1. Alicia says:

    He’s still very young, so there may be fluid in his ears. However, there is a possibility he may be deaf or hard of hearing. You may want to get a second opinion, and go see an ENT or an audiologist.

    What kind of test are they doing? Typically they do an OAE at birth, then do an ABR as a follow up if the infant doesn’t pass. OAEs are not an exact science – there are often false positives or cases where a mild to moderate hearing loss or a progressive hearing loss are not detected. Sedated ABRs are more accurate, but again not always exact.

    If your son does have a hearing loss – don’t worry. He’ll be fine. Contact early intervention and your local school for the deaf for services and support – you’ll be able to find parent-infant classes, sign language classes, possibly a deaf mentor, home based services, audiology and speech services, etc. Try to find the deaf community near you and get in touch with some deaf adults.

    You can try hearing aids. When he is older, he may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Keep in mind that as much as some people will tell you that cochlear implants are a “cure” and will make your child hearing – they will not. Many parents opt for both cochlear implants to develop spoken language skills, as well as learning ASL in order to provide a failproof first language base and their child is bilingual (ASL/Spoken and written English). Most schools for the deaf are now switching to a bilingual approach, which is much better. Success with cochlear implants and hearing aids vary from child to child and there is much more to language then just speech – plus devices and technology can fail and have problems.

    Organizations such as Hands and Voices, American Society for Deaf Children, and the Info to Go at the Clerc Center also provide a lot of helpful information.

    Both boys I watch are Deaf and are from a Deaf family. Their family is college educated and they all have good jobs towards the top of the corporate ladder – their dad work for USDA and their mom for Thomson Reuters. There are deaf and heard of hearing doctors, lawyers, business men and women, sports players, authors, actors, teachers and professors, etc. The oldest boy is 2 1/2 and is over a year ahead in his language and cognitive skills, and in a recent evaluation for school readiness he tested at 50 months. His first language is obviously ASL (he had his first signs at 5 months) and he is developing English literacy skills and uses hearing aids and goes to speech.

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