Our two sons each have hearing issues. One with a mild to moderate hearing loss and the other with one ear basically deaf (severe to profound hearing loss). We have an Ear Nose and Throat doctor they see regularly, whom we love! If you need a recommendation let me know!!
We also regularly have appointments with an Audiologist for each kid. They take hearing tests in fun ways. Each of our children have had hearing aids and have worn them plenty of times. Our severe to profound loss child has had two sets of hearing aids. He used to have a mild loss in the other ear so he wore two aids during that time. Then his one ear improved and he got aids which take the sound from the bad ear and bring it over to the good ear. He didn’t like these though. He says they take away his natural hearing he has in that good ear, since he has to wear two aids. At preschool, he’d take them out of his ears when he was mad and throw them on the ground. We had to educate his teachers how to turn them off so the battery didn’t run out. Then his Audiologist said these aid’s aren’t helping his hearing much at all. She told us to wait out last summer and speak to his Kindergarten teacher for basically a personal speaker for him while his teacher speaks into a microphone. The school didn’t have that capability so we let it go. He hasn’t worn his aids in a long time!
The mild to moderate hearing loss child has both to wear since his loss is in each ear. He began pulling on the tubes and breaking them frequently. We kept going back to get the molds redone and the last time we had molds made, they didn’t fit. They keep falling out of his ears. So he doesn’t wear his hearing aids currently either. This child has high functioning Autism and has Sensory issues which likely makes it hard having something stuck in your ears all day.
We need to schedule follow ups for each kid and see if their hearing has improved, gotten worse, or just stayed the same. We had MRI’s taken for both boys and found the severe loss child had his loss from birth. The mild loss child didn’t not have his loss at birth. He developed his loss later on in his life.
Our house is constantly loud and obnoxious, as you can guess. I relentlessly ask them to keep their voices down and have an inside voice. It lasts maybe a couple minutes then it’s back to being extremely loud. Well, there you have it – an update to our kids’ hearing loss and where we stand. Any questions? Please ask me through email. I’m happy to help if I can.