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Old 07-30-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Unilateral Hearing Loss?

My 4 month old DS has been diagnosed with hearing loss in one ear, and this week we have our first appointment with an ENT specialist since his last hearing test. I guess I'm not sure what to expect, or what questions to ask the ENT dr. Have any other parents gone through this? Any advice or suggestions for questions to ask the specialist would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 07-30-2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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DD1 is hearing impaired. I would ask:

What kind of loss (sensorineural or conductive), what does it mean, and practically speaking how severe is it?

What are treatment options? Probably a hearing aid.

Referal for early intervention or an oral deaf education program. You don't know how much language he's missed and just because he can hear in one esr doesn't mean he doesn't need services.

Referal to a pediatric audiologist for fitting /adjusting hearing aid.

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Re: Unilateral Hearing Loss?

I work for an Audiologist. Did they specify what type of hearing loss? There are three types of hearing loss, Sensorineural (this is nerve deafness, and is permanent), Conductive (sound is blocked in middle/outer ear due to wax, excessive ear infections/fluid or bone hardness) and Mixed (a combination of the two). Honestly...the treatmant can vary vastly based on the reason for the loss.

Ask a lot of questions. What type of loss? How is it treated? Is it permanent? Will he need a hearing aid? If you don't understand something, don't assume...ask.

(((hugs))) It is so hard to watch your baby go through this!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:17 AM   #4
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DD1 is hearing impaired. I would ask:

What kind of loss (sensorineural or conductive), what does it mean, and practically speaking how severe is it?

What are treatment options? Probably a hearing aid.

Referal for early intervention or an oral deaf education program. You don't know how much language he's missed and just because he can hear in one esr doesn't mean he doesn't need services.

Referal to a pediatric audiologist for fitting /adjusting hearing aid.

Feel free to PM me with any questions
Thanks! I'll probably PM you with more questions after we see the specialist .
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I work for an Audiologist. Did they specify what type of hearing loss? There are three types of hearing loss, Sensorineural (this is nerve deafness, and is permanent), Conductive (sound is blocked in middle/outer ear due to wax, excessive ear infections/fluid or bone hardness) and Mixed (a combination of the two). Honestly...the treatmant can vary vastly based on the reason for the loss.

Ask a lot of questions. What type of loss? How is it treated? Is it permanent? Will he need a hearing aid? If you don't understand something, don't assume...ask.

(((hugs))) It is so hard to watch your baby go through this!
They didn't specify what type of loss it is, but after both of his ABRs, I was told they suspect it's sensorineural, but that the ENT doctor could confirm that.

Thank you for your suggestions as well!
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Happy to help!! Let me know anytime if you have questions.
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Re: Unilateral Hearing Loss?

My DS has hearing loss(he has EVA in both ears but only needs a hearing aide in 1 ear at this point) I agree with pp's questions. Don't be afraid to ask for clarification if you don't understand. I'd also look for pediatric audiologists, we have never had goodluck with the ones at our ENT(they work with all the ENTs so aren't specific to our pediatric ENT). Infact one once told me he was failing the test because he wasn't paying attention and he was fine. Um, no, he's failed the tests for a year and has the EVA DX, you just aren't prepared to work with a toddler.
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SOME audiologists are good with kids. My boss has 5 of his own and does a GREAT job with kids. Ask around...ask your ped for a recommendation. If you don't live in a highly populated area you may have a hard time finding a ped specialist. The closest one where we are is 3.5 hours and he travels in...a new pt will wait at least 6 weeks to see him.
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We were referred to Children's here in St. Louis, and so far they've been good with our son. I totally understand about some not being good with kids though. In fact, we're going to get our 3 y/I DD re-tested, because she also failed her newborn screening and the ABR we went through(twice) was not very conclusive. We never got a written report for her and that audiologist told us, she's probably ok and she can hear out of one ear so don't worry about it! We were stationed overseas, so had limited options, but I just want to know for sure, especially considering our DS's hearing loss.

Anyway, thanks again for all your responses! We're getting ready for our appointment later today, so I'll post an update when we get back.
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Praying it goes well for you!
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