New Here...3 mo old w/fluid having ABR
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|Mon, 03-19-2007 - 2:15pm|
My DS was born in December and failed his newborn screening in the hospital. The nurse told me that several of the babies failed it that day, though, and she thought their machine wasn't working correctly. I'm not too much of a worrier (and this is our third child) so I rescheduled the test a week or so later assuming he'd pass but which he failed again. The audiologist did another test that read "flat" which she said meant he had fluid in his ears. Went to the pediatrician and she said the fluid was clear and we'd watch it. We've been wathcing for 3 months and finally last Monday she said both ears were clear so we retested on Tuesday. He failed it again and the audiologist did that other test again which still showed fluid. She also did a startle test. Today we went to the ENT and he looked in his ears with an otoscope and pumped air in it (what's this called?) He said the ear drums weren't moving which was consistent with the theory of fluid. Now we go in on April 10 to have him sedated. The ENT will extract the fluid and he will have an ABR test as well. I get the feeling the ENT thinks the fluid is the problem, but he seems too cautious to say, he only says that we'll know what kind of hearing loss is there once the results are in.
I was wondering if anyone has gone thru this with the fluid and there did end up being some significant loss anyway, or if the fluid was the problem and once extracted the hearing improved?
My hubby is freaking out and I'm trying to be the calm one, but I hope I'm not being overly optimistic that removing the fluid will end the problem.
Any feedback would be great. THanks.
DD Madison 5 yr
DS Will 3 yr
DS Hudson 3 mos.