Please help me understand the test.

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Registered: 06-07-2008
Please help me understand the test.
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Mon, 08-10-2009 - 11:32am

Hello


I should have stayed and asked the question to the doctor, but after being at the office for so long and having a fussy hungry child and the doc have lots of other people to see I just wanted to get out of there!


My son has a hx of ear infections and he needs tubes, part of the process is a hearing test. I thought for sure his hearing test would come out fine. He is able to follow commands, turns head when we speak to him and is speaking some. BUT... during the test he did not turn his head towards the the noise until it was at it's highest level of volume just before the toy woudl light up and play.


the noises where shhhhhhhh kind of noises, my question is why those noises, why not clicks and beeps what does the shhhh mean for a hearing tests?


He has fluid in his ears so they are pretty sure that it's the cause of the hearing loss. I do believe he passed his newborn hearing test - I now question myself, he had a hard time passing it and at one point I even told the lady, listen if you can't get him to pass I am ok w/ it I'll just have him tested again later. I promise I'll tell the pedi! He was in NICU for 2 wks and I just wanted to take him home and this test was taking a long time and I was fearful that they might make him stay in longer. I remember she was finally able to get him to pass and I have never once again thought of it b/c he shows no signs of having problems.


how could he do so poorly on the hearing test, but yet be doing so good. Maybe the "sit in the room and turn head to the noise" test is a very basic test and used just as base line or something?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2008
Mon, 08-10-2009 - 12:45pm

Thank you that does help me make sense of it all.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 08-10-2009 - 12:15pm

This will help you understand what Max is hearing.....


Audiogram with Speech Banana


Pitch (Hz)
*Each picture represents the approximate loudness and pitch of that object

*Banana area represents range of conversational speech

Degree of hearing loss:

Maria :)                


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 08-10-2009 - 12:13pm

Hi and welcome.

Maria :)