New Here...3 mo old w/fluid having ABR

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New Here...3 mo old w/fluid having ABR
Mon, 03-19-2007 - 2:15pm

Hi all,
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.

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Registered: 02-05-2007
Mon, 03-19-2007 - 3:38pm
Hello. My ds Anderson,4, has a moderate hearing loss. He has had fluid in his ears for over a month. It def. affects their hearing. We just recently got fit with hearing aides. He had a speech delay so at 3yo we started looking into hearing/speech etc. He had the ABR test in Jan. and did fine. I'm sure your baby will do fine with the test. The good thing is that if there is a problem you are catching it early. Very important. Good luck!
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Registered: 01-05-2007
Tue, 03-20-2007 - 9:01pm

Hi Amanda,
I have an 11-month old son with severe/profound hearing loss. He failed the newborn hearing screening on one side only and we went through testing for several months - each time our ENT also thought the problem was only temporary and probably due to fluid. Finally, we got frustrated and switched ENTs. The doctor recommended tubes to drain the fluid so we could get good test results. He had a sedated ABR on January 25 which confirmed he had permanent hearing loss. I was optimistic for a long time that the fluid was the problem, but after he got the tubes, we did not really see any improvement in his response to sound. So, I knew in my heart, even before the ABR, that he was permanently hearing impaired. The good news is that he is doing surprisingly well with hearing aids. As the prior poster mentioned, at least you are catching this early if there is a hearing loss - that is SO important. Good luck!

Tanner, 11-21-03
Mitchell, 4-15-06 (Hearing impaired)

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Tue, 03-27-2007 - 8:08am

Welcome Amanda.

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Tue, 03-27-2007 - 8:14am

Honestly, i have heard of both outcomes.



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Registered: 04-07-2006
Tue, 03-27-2007 - 8:48am

Thanks for sharing all of your experiences. I've been telling my husband (and myself) once the fluid is gone all will be fine, but I guess I needed that reality check. The hardest part is waiting until the 10th for the test. The ENT said 3 mos is little early for tubes, which is the reason for just suctioning it out, but if it returns then he doesn't have a problem putting them in at 5 or 6 months. I'll keep everyone posted.

Thanks again,

Madison 05/07/02
Will 04/29/04
Hudson 12/14/06

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Sun, 04-01-2007 - 1:20pm

Hi Amanda,

I believe the test you were asking about where they send a puff of air in the ears is called a tympanogram. My daughter Audrey has one of those done every 3 months because she seems to have a ton of trouble with fluid in the ears, even with tubes. So, we have to keep a close eye on her to make sure her tubes don't get blocked up which allows the fluid to accumulate in her ears. For some reason she is very prone to that.

Anyway, we had a similar situation to you when she was born, where she failed the hearing screening, the reading was "flat,"

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