wondering if my ds is HOH...

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wondering if my ds is HOH...
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Tue, 06-26-2007 - 10:34pm

Hi everyone,

I have a 7-year-old son who lately seems to be hard of hearing. At first I thought it was just "selective" hearing--he was tuning me (as mom) out a lot of times. (He often seems to be wrapped up in his own thoughts, and his teacher this past year noticed this, too.) But lately it seems as if he can't even hear, and often he asks "what?" 4 or 5 times before he understands what I'm saying. He just finished 1st grade, and never said he had any problems. I can't remember if he was screened for hearing this past year or if it was in Kindergarten. Could hearing loss seem to come on rather suddenly like this?

My mother had hearing loss at a young age, and told me that she started hearing a static-like noise in her ears and wondered why no one else could hear it. I asked ds about whether or not he hears sounds like this, and he said no.

I have a hearing screening scheduled later this week with his pediatrician, and wondered if there is anything specific I should ask about/for? I want to be prepared, as I hate leaving a doctors' appointment and then think of a hundred things I should have asked about. I am a little nervous that he may have some hearing loss, but at the same time I am getting so frustrated that if he does, I want him to get the help he needs.

Thanks for any ideas and advice.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 06-27-2007 - 7:32am

Hi and welcome to the board.

It's great that you have an appointment scheduled with your peditrician. He/she will do a basic screenining and can rule out fluid in the ear. In my opinion, whatever he/she says, I would push for a full audiological appointment with an ENT that deals w/ children. I don't want to scare you but our ped. told me years ago that I was spoiling my son and that he could hear fine. Luckily I didn't waste too much time and got another opinion. Low and behold, my son did have a moderate/severe hearing loss. Surely this is an exception rather than the rule, but I believe an ENT will be more qualified to assess a loss.

Please keep us posted and best of luck.

Gina

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Wed, 06-27-2007 - 2:10pm
Thank you so much for your advice. I was asking my dh if maybe we should see an ENT, and he said an audiologist would be where we went. I assumed an ENT would also be able to diagnose hearing loss (or would also be considered an audiologist?). Thanks for sharing your story, too. I'll be sure to post once we've had the pediatrician appointment on Friday.


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 06-27-2007 - 2:29pm

Hi and welcome Janette.

Maria :)